First-ever CT shooter gets probation thanks to ShotSpotter gunfire tech
A Cape Town shooter has been convicted and sentenced in a landmark trial using gunfire detecting technology known as ShotSpotter.
The City of Cape Town welcomes the first ever ShotSpotter-linked conviction and sentence, handed down in the Wynberg Regional Court earlier this month.
Virgil Koopman was arrested in Manenberg in October last year on a charge of discharging a firearm in a municipal area.
The City has been rolling out the ShotSpotter system, together with the CCTV surveillance and drone technology in communities identified as crime hot-spots.
The strategic surveillance unit provided police with CCTV footage of the incident as well as the ShotSpotter alert that was registered on the gunshot detection system at the time of the incident.
Koopman was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for five years, provided he is not found guilty of a similar offence during this period.
JP Smith, the mayco member for safety and security, says this was a first for the City and is proof of what is possible when the various enforcement agencies work together to fight crime.
The ShotSpotter system has allowed law enforcement to respond more rapidly to gang violence.
City officials have commended the persistence and dedication of the investigating officer and his team on this case.
We look forward to more convictions, with the assistance of the technology that we have at our disposal.JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security
Image credit: Supplied by The City of Cape Town.
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