A South African court has found a police constable, Austin Reynolds, guilty of the killing of a Nigerian, Ebuka Okoli during the Xenophobic crises.
In a statement on Friday, the President of the Nigerian Union South Africa, Mr Adetola Olubajo, said the court found the accused guilty on a one count charge of murder; and three charges of robbery.
Olubajo stated, “NUSA welcomes the judgment of Judge Shyam Gyanda on the brutal murder of Ebuka Emmanuel Okoli; who a police constable shot dead in Durban on January 19, 2018.
“Austin Luciano Reynolds, the 24-year-old South African police constable; was found guilty today Friday, November 29, 2019, for January 19, 2018; the murder of Ebuka Okoli a native of Anambra State in Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal.
“The court found the accused guilty on all four charges; one charge of murder and three charges of robbery. The accomplice of the accused during the illegal raid turned state witness.”
Reynolds and his colleague reportedly shot Ebuka at close range during an allegedly illegal raid; on the community at the residence of the deceased in Durban.