After more than two years, Monray Martin, 26, was finally sentenced at the Wynberg Regional Court after being found guilty of attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in a case dating back to 2017.
Grassy Park SAPS commander, Colonel Dawood Laing, says Martin, from Ottery, was caught with a gun within minutes of opening fire on cops.
“On 17 January 2017, officers responded to a complaint about a suspicious male with a firearm on the corner of Third Avenue and Lake Road,” he explains.
“When he saw the police, he opened fire and hit an innocent bystander in the face as he tried to escape from the police.
“The bullet hit the 46-year-old victim in the cheek and exited through his neck and he survived.”
Laing says cops were not injured and pounced on the skollie, catching him with a pistol and five rounds in the magazine.
“He appeared in court shortly afterwards where the investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Clifton Slingers, successfully opposed bail and he was kept in custody.
“Following a lengthy and thorough investigation by the detective, Martin was sentenced to 10 years for each of the two attempted murders, five years for possession of an unlicensed firearm and three years for the possession of ammunition.
“He will serve an effective 18 years direct imprisonment at Pollsmoor Prison.”
Laing says the station’s management is proud of Slingers for his hard work and dedication on the case to ensure the conviction.
He says with the co-operation of the community, a dangerous skollie has been taken off the streets of Ottery.
“I hope this sentence serves as a warning to gangsters who brazenly open fire on police,” says Laing.
“In this case, an innocent man was gunned down and could have died as a result of his reckless actions.
“But a conviction like this is not possible without the community who come forward and make statements and this shows we are prepared to work to secure a conviction.”