Cape Town – A homeless man, Cedric Booysen, 36, was reportedly sentenced to 13 years in prison on Friday by the Cape Town Regional Court after he held 22-year-old Thuso Mnisi at knifepoint on September 23, 2021, in Table View and took his bicycle, backpack and cellphone valued at R28 500.
According to IOL, Booysen was unable to provide the court with a fixed address. He had been living in a tent behind Bayside Mall at the time of the incident.
The report said that Booysen was leaving his tent when he saw Mnisi on the bicycle. He stood in front of him and ordered him to hand over his bicycle while he was wielding a knife at him.
He drove off with the bicycle along with Mnisi’s backpack that had his cellphone.
Booysen was arrested after Mnisi pointed him out in Dunoon, the report said.
He pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment with three years suspended.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo