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ambulanceThe Citizen reports that a 25-year-old man was sentenced on Wednesday by the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court to 15 years direct imprisonment for kidnapping and assaulting a crew of paramedics in Pretoria last year.

The Gauteng Emergency Medical Services (EMS) crew was hijacked, kidnapped, assaulted and robbed of their personal cell phones and other working tools while responding to what appeared to be a distress call in the Nellmapius area, east of Pretoria last July. The occupants of the address used to log the call later on reported that they never called for an ambulance. Two men waved to stop the crew in the vicinity of the address, but when they stopped the men pulled out firearms and forced them to drive to an unknown location. Both crew members were taken to a shack between bushes where they were tied up while the assailants drove away with the ambulance. The crew managed to escape to the nearby Mavuso squatter camp where they called for help. The three other suspects in the matter are still on the run and a police investigation is still underway. Meanwhile, the Gauteng EMS suffered two other attacks this week. Two suspects robbed paramedics and fled with a push-to-talk radio used for dispatching calls, in Rieger Park, Ekurhuleni, at about 10pm on Wednesday. The second incident happened at Eersterust in Mamelodi, at about 1.30am on Thursday morning when a suspect, who was later apprehended, stole a cell phone belonging to one of the paramedics.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nicholas Zaal at The Citizen

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