Shahabaz Mohamed sentenced after four years on the run

WESTERN CAPE – The Bellville Regional court sentenced Shahabaz Mohamed to seven years imprisonment, suspended for five years after he handed himself over to the police yesterday morning, 03 October 2022.

The accused was arrested in 2017 when police received information and raided his premises in Mozart Street, Panorama. They found wet and dry abalone with an estimated street value of R4 million. He was arrested and charged in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act, the abalone was confiscated.

The then 34-year-old, failed to appear in court in 2018 and a warrant of arrest was issued however, it was established that he skipped the country. On 03 October 2022, Mohammed handed himself over to the investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer Arnoldus Wiese and he was brought before court.

The court found the accused guilty on three counts and he was sentenced to five years imprisonment for contravention of the Marine Resources Act , two years imprisonment for possession of abalone without permit , and six months for failure to comply with conditions of bail. It was further ruled that the abalone must be forfeited to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Source: South African Police Service