Port Elizabeth - The kingpin of a lucrative illegal abalone enterprise, Julian Brown, wept after he was jailed for an effective 18 years in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Friday for racketeering and contravening the Marine Living Resource Act.
Brown, 32, a high school dropout, faced a string of charges between January 2015 and April 2016. He was acquitted on charges of defeating the ends of justice and money laundering linked to the purchase of a luxury Ferrari vehicle.
Shortly after Judge Mandela Makaula handed down the lengthy sentence, Brown wept as he bid farewell to family members.
Brown headed the enterprise alongside Eugene "Boesman" Victor and Brandon Turner.
Victor was sentenced to an effective 15 years behind bars for racketeering, contravening the Marine Living Resource Act, displaying a false licence, forgery, driving without a licence and possession of abalone.