A former Freestate police official has been sentenced to 16 years in jail for kidnapping a University of the Freestate chemistry student and forcing the victim to manufacture drugs.
SAPS spokesperson Captain Christopher Singo said the former police official who was attached to the Protection and Security Services (PSS), Moleboheng Precious Mohasoa (29) along with Innocent Paki Kompi (31) and Napo Moses Mohasoa (33) had appeared in the Bloemfontein Regional Court on Monday to face their sentencing for the kidnapping and drug-related charges.
Student victim coerced to make drugs
The trio were convicted on drugs charges and for kidnapping on January 28 after they had initially coerced the victim to assist them to manufacture drugs.
“The victim, who was a chemistry student at the University of Free State, reported the matter to the police after he escaped from the house where he had been kept against his will,” Singo said.
Police swoop on house
“A search and seizure operation was conducted by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team at the premises were the victim was kept. The trio were arrested at the premises for kidnapping and possession of drugs which were also found concealed in the safe,” Singo said.The trio was sentenced to 15 years in jail on a count of kidnapping and to 12 months for a drug dealing charge. “They will effectively serve 16 years direct imprisonment,” Singo said.