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South African court finds policeman guilty of killing, robbing Nigerian

In a bold step to end xenophobia in South Africa, a trigger-happy police constable, Austin Luciano Reynolds, has been prosecuted and found guilty of killing a Nigerian, Ebuka Emmanuel Okoli.

A South African Court has handed down a verdict of guilt for the accused who is being tried for a charge of murder and three-count charge bordering on robbery.

Okoli who was shot by a young police constable in Durban on January 19, 2018.

Report said Austin Luciano Reynolds, the 24-year-old South African police constable, was found guilty today, Friday, 29th November 2019, for the January 19, 2018, murder of Ebuka Okoli, a native of Anambra State in Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal.

The accused was found guilty on all four charges, one charge of murder and three charges bordering on robbery.
The accomplice of the accused during the illegal raid, however, turned state witness in the trial.
Judge Shyam Gyanda will deliver judgment and punishment on Dec. 3.

Meanwhile, the President of Nigeria Union in South Africa, Mr Adetola Olubajo, has hailed the conviction.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in early October visited South Africa on the invitation of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
A 30-point bilateral agreement including business and tourism was signed by both leaders.
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