Security man in court over ‘weapons for pirates’

2011-02-07 12:35

A Durban security company boss and three of his employees today appeared in the Pinetown Magistrates Court outside Durban in connection with a cache of weapons believed to be destined for war-torn Somalia.

Derrick Coetzee and employees Blythe Cotterill, Christiana Crycolazas and Jocelyn Niekerk were not asked to plead to charges of possession of and importing unlicensed weapons. Their bail, which ranges from R10 000 to R100 000, was extended till April 1, when they will appear in court again, to allow for further tests to be conducted on the 14 weapons.

The weapons are believed by police to have been destined for use against pirates operating out of the lawless East African state and were seized during December after being tracked from the harbour.

The weapons, which included eight assault rifles fitted with telescopic and silencing devices, two AK-47s, two shotguns and a revolver were confiscated from house outside Pinetown on December 23 last year.

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