Cape Town – The case takes us back to Christmas day in the year 2015, when victim Ebrahim Reque was walking down a road in Bishop Lavis, and Abdul Ely, 26, a complete stranger on a bicycle, stopped to wish him a merry Christmas and shake his hand.
Ely then rode on, only to turn back and confront Reque with a pistol and rob Reque of his cellphone and sunglasses.
The police found him, and recovered the stolen cellphone and sunglasses still in Ely’s possession.
As it turned out, the firearm was a toy. It seems that Ely did not realise that aggravated robbery, whether with the use of a toy pistol or a real one, remains aggravated robbery.
Thus, he was found guilty of aggravated robbery. The prosecutor informed the court that Ely had five previous convictions – four for theft and one for robbery.
He is to be sentenced on Wednesday.