Xenophobia: South African court jails policeman for murder of Nigerian

A south African police constable, Austin Reynolds has been found guilty of murder for the killing of a Nigerian, Ebuka Okoli.

It was disclosed in a statement signed on Friday by the President of the Nigerian Union South Africa, Mr Adetola Olubajo, that the accused was found guilty on a one count charge of murder and three charges of robbery.

Olubajo said, “NUSA welcomes the judgment of Judge Shyam Gyanda on the brutal murder of Ebuka Emmanuel Okoli, who was shot dead by a police constable in Durban on January 19, 2018.

“Austin Luciano Reynolds, the 24-year-old South African police constable, was found guilty today Friday, November 29, 2019, for January 19, 2018, the 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 of robbery. The accomplice of the accused during the illegal raid turned state witness.”

Ebuka was reportedly shot at close range during an allegedly illegal raid by Reynolds and his colleague on the community where the deceased resided in Durban.

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