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NPA satisfied with cop killer's sentence

Fabianus Philipus was convicted and given two life sentences for killing two police officers.

Fabian Philipus . Picture: Cape Argus

CAPE TOWN - National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it's satisfied with the sentence handed down to convicted cop killer Fabianus Philipus.

The Western Cape High Court made the decision to sentence Philipus to two life sentences on Thursday.

The 29-year-old Namibian national shot and killed police constables Pindiwe Nikani (26), and Mandisi Nduku (27) while they were on duty in the Imizamo Yethu township in Hout Bay last year.

In addition to life sentences on both counts of murder, Philipus was also given a five year sentence for the possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.

The NPA's Eric Ntabazalila said police were able to apprehend the 29-year-old Namibian national with the help of the community.

He said they encouraged members of the public who had information to come forward.

"The community of Hout Bay came to us with information which assisted in securing a conviction."

Since July this year, about seven police officers have been killed in the Western Cape alone.

Ntabazalila said the sentence proved courts showed no mercy to those who kill officers of the law.