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Police Man Who Killed Nigerian In SA Bags 30-Years Jail Term

Valentine Chinyem



Having found Austin Luciano Reynold, the South African police constable who killed a Nigerian, Ebuka Okoli, guilty, the court in South Africa has sentenced him to 30 years in prison.

This is coming just three days after he was found guilty of all charges levelled agaisnt him.

He wss tried for one charge of murder and three charges of robbery.

Reynold, 24, was accused of killing Okoli, a native of Anambra state, in Durban, a coastal city in Kwa Zulu-Natal province in South Africa, in 2018.

The officer shot Okoli at close range and robbed him during an unauthorised raid on the community where Okoli resided.

Reynold’s accomplice in the raid, Brinley Pallo testified against him while giving his testimony before Shyam Gyanda, the presiding judge, on Friday.

Reacting to the news of the conviction earlier, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), expressed relief, saying justice has been served.

“We are glad that justice has been done,” she said.

“We had always stated that there have to be consequences for actions. We are glad that this case finally came to an end and South Africa has demonstrated the political will to deal with xenophobia.”

She urged Nigerians in South Africa to adhere to President Muhammadu Buhari’s, advise, to be on their best behaviour where ever they find themselves.