The South African Police Service (SAPS) detective team that has worked tirelessly to trace and eventually arrest a North West man for theft of motor vehicles at the OR Tambo International Airport has today welcomed the lengthy sentenced handed down by the Kempton Park Regional Court.

Emmanuel Peter Nkoana, 31, was today sentenced to an effective 10 years in prison by the Kempton Park Regional Court after he was found guilty for stealing two vehicles belonging to two victims he duped into handing vehicles under false pretences. His arrest in March this year came as a result of an extensive manhunt launched by the detective task team based at the airport. He was arrested in March in Makapanstad, North West.

All of Nkoana’s victims told the police that he told them that he was employed by a company based at the airport, and that he had things that needed to be collected. Once at the airport Nkoana would then feign the story to the effect that he had forgotten something in the vehicle, thus taking the key from the victim before disappearing with their vehicles. He was later pointed out by the victims during an identity parade.