KWAZULU NATAL, South Africa – A Durban High court has sentenced South African police officer Austin Reynold to 30 years imprisonment for killing a Nigerian man, Ebuka Okoli. Read here
Reynold was found guilty of killing Ebuka an indigene of Anambra state, during an illegal raid in Durban a coastal city in KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa in January last year.
Reynold and another accomplice had stormed Ebuka’s neighborhood for an illegal raid. He accosted Ebuka and asked him to give him money. Ebuka’s refusal led to Reynold opening fire at close range on Ebuka who died instantly.
24-year-old Reynold was arraigned by the South African government after his accomplice during the illegal raid, testified against him in court.
Reacting to the sentencing, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), said it is a welcomed development.
“We are glad that justice has been done. We had always stated that there have to be consequences for actions. We are glad that this case finally came to an end and South Africa has demonstrated the political will to deal with xenophobia.” she said