Armed Robbery, the aftermath…

Armed Robbery, the aftermath…

Homeward bound after work, I was robbed at gunpoint on the 1st March 2015 at 15h45.  I lost more than my valuable, sentimental belongings. A part of myself had been violated, my life disrupted and my mental peace shattered. The support from my blogging post was overwhelmingly kind and I felt a measure of faith in humanity.  In all fairness to all those who supported me, this post serves to explain the aftermath and legal repercussions of that fateful day…

Seeking closure and  being subpoenaed to appear in court, early yesterday, I made my way down to the Durban Magistrates Court which is a tall solid building, sheathed with wide mausoleum black granite.   After a series of entrances, I found myself in the court, (think Judge Judy here) and proceeded to the inner sanctum where I waited outside the prosecutor’s rooms to be briefed. My imagination took flight and I could see why, if at wits end, and of desperation, one would open up the windows, step outside on the cantilevered concrete slab and just drop to one’s death.

No surprise, the docket was lost and the wait seemed interminable.  Fortunately, the young black petite, female prosecutor, a dynamite force to be reckoned, kept me abreast of the unfolding events at intervals. Finally 4 hours later, I was sworn in for my deposition.  The chief complainant, had I not been present, the case would have been thrown out of court and the two criminals who had been incarcerated since that fateful day, would have walked free.

Their Legal Aid claimed that it was a case of mistaken identity.  Their version of the events were blatant lies. What was laughable was that they claimed to not understand English, hence the use of the translator who had to repeat everything to them in Zulu.  They were fluent in English with their demands during the armed robbery process.

Turns out the gun they had used to threaten me with, was a toy. It looked very real to me.  The culprit who escaped with my belongings had been a seasoned criminal/hi-jacker who had been on parole.  Of all, he was the most dangerous. Unfortunately, he escaped apprehension and currently almost certainly lurks around, waiting to pounce on some other unsuspecting person.

The case was remanded until the 7th September. Other witnesses are to be called in. If convicted,  and they will be, given my positive identification and recollection of the events, they could face at least 15 years imprisonment.  Had the other witness obeyed the subpoenaed order and arrived at court, his testimony too would have carried additional weight and their sentence made lengthier.

When I was been robbed, I had to not stare at them for fear of physical harm but I did get my chance to face them, stare them eye to eye; my seething anger and rage made them cower. Months ago, their need for a “quick drug fix” and pre-determined criminal plans wrenched much of me as a person, citizen and human being.  Mental reverberations, mild panic, unease and tension, fearing attack again every time became an added part of my life.

My faith was restored in our judicial system. The police officers conducted themselves in an exemplary manner, showing passion and commitment considering their working conditions and salary scale.  The administrators were respectful and understanding.  I sympathized with the prosecutor for the state, the criminals it seems, have more rights and way too much comfort and ease safely behind bars than civilians do.  Sad but true.

Presenting myself in court meant being robbed of a day’s leave, enlisting my husband’s support and a day away from his demanding job, multiple inconveniences, sleepless nights BUT I found closure.  My advice to anyone who has lived this sort of criminal violation?  No matter what the incident is, seek legal recourse. Maintain contact with the Investigating Officer. Show interest, show up, ensure that justice is served and punishment meted out.  As citizens and humans, we have rights too.

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43 thoughts on “Armed Robbery, the aftermath…

  1. Pingback: Armed Robbery, the aftermath… – Matthews' Blog

  2. Sorry you went through this but it looks like you have taken a lot of good things from it. You are now sharing your experience, strength and hope with others and that will help them and you. Thank you for your courage.

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  3. I wasn’t following you when you wrote about the robbery so I was taken aback by the account now, but good on you for working within the system to seek justice. In every country there are oddities about the legal system and it’s not always designed to give justice to all. I’m glad you found the inner courage to carry forward.

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  4. So PROUD of you Kavita for standing your ground and not allowing those two thugs to intimidate you again – I hope that they got the message from you withering stare that they HAVE BOTH DONE WRONG. I pray that they will be locked up for the full time term of 15 years – it would be great if they brought back the chain gangs for community service so that they’d work for the privileged life of prison instead of the Tax Payer paying for their keep. Then their time would be a useful lesson to the value of a good working citizen instead of their choice in crime and assault.

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    • Than you my precious friend for the support. I fully agree with you. Sadly our Tax Payers bear the brunt of their actions, I think they should be chained and be made to work the beaches and all the sewers they live in, made to pick up the garbage, target the plastics and clean the seas. That will certainly help our environment!

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  5. I’m sorry this happened to you. I try not to be harsh when I think about people who do these kinds of things, but it’s hard when it happens to you! The sense of powerlessness, violation, loss of safety, helplessness, injustice, and immorality of it can be overwhelming. This is my reaction only to being stolen from – I can only imagine how that’s amplified when there’s a gun involved. I hope you have peace & safety. And I hope the people who did that to you have a change of heart. You’ve really got to be in a bad place to do things like that.

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    • Thank you for the warmth and kindness. Sadness, they are drug addicts and need a quick fix. Saw them in the dock and I was horrified and how dead their eyes were. They could have done anything at the moment. The prosecutor herself told me that it is a pattern. When they are paroled or served their time, they are back on the streets, and within a week, they return to the comfort of a prison cell, because they are safe, well and fed in there. Even their parents do not have to worry further, knowing that they are taken care off as well as off the streets (their biggest worry).

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