Violent murder suspect out on bail busted for illegal firearm and ammo
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CAPE TOWN - A murder suspect out on bail found himself on the wrong side of the law when officers found a firearm without a serial number allegedly belonged to him.
Nyanga station commander Brigadier Vuyisile Ncata was responding to a complaint by the 21-year-old suspect’s grandmother on Tuesday, complaining that her grandson was violent and shouting at her and damaged windows at their home.
“The suspect was arrested and during the process an unlicensed firearm with ammunition and a magazine belonging to him were recovered in the house.
“The firearm serial number was filed off.
“He was arrested for the possession of a prohibited firearm and malicious damage to property,” said police spokesperson FC Van Wyk.
He is expected to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Thursday for the possession of a prohibited firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and malicious damage to property.
“The suspect was out on bail on a case of murder. He also had another pending case of house robbery in April this year in Table View.
“On the Nyanga murder case the suspect is due to appear in court in January and in February for the Table View case,” said Van Wyk.
He said the focus to significantly reduce the number of firearms in the wrong hands were paying off after members of Muizenberg SAPS arrested a boy found in possession of an illegal firearm while officers were on patrols in the Hillview area on Wednesday.
“While patrolling in St Boniface Street, the members noticed a suspicious male standing at a container.
“On noticing the police, the suspect immediately turned and tried to evade the members.
“The members gave chase and apprehended the suspect between the shacks adjacent to St Boniface Street.
“He was searched and found to be in possession of a 9mm Star pistol with the serial number removed, and 15 rounds of ammunition.
“The 14-year-old suspect, a resident of Hillview, was arrested and detained at Muizenberg on charges of possession of a prohibited firearm and unlicensed ammunition” said Van Wyk.