Boy (6) plays with cop’s forgotten gun

2013-02-27 00:00

A WOMAN has described the horror she felt as her six-year-old son excitedly pointed a loaded 9 mm pistol at her, after he picked it up at Hilton police station on Sunday.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her child, alleged that the 9 mm pistol had been left unattended by a police constable in a TV room at the station.

Police said the constable is being charged with negligence and subject to internal disciplinary procedures.

The unemployed mother said she had been at the police station to do job research on a computer after a friend who works there allowed her to do so.

“The police knew my son was there. The constable had been in the TV room and left the area, leaving her firearm unattended behind.”

The woman said she popped into the TV room looking for her son at around 11.10 am and that’s when she saw him with the gun.

“When I walked into the TV room, he was brandishing a firearm. He was excited. Little boys like guns. He said, ‘Look mommy! Look what I found!’ as he held it in his hand. My heart stopped. He could have pulled the trigger. He was pointing it at me.

“I said to him, ‘Please put it down on the ground’. He listened to me immediately.”

The traumatised mother said all kinds of scenarios had played out in her mind. He could have shot her or someone else or even shot himself. She also said anyone else could have picked up the gun.

“Only at 12.30 pm did the police officer who was meant to be in possession of the firearm discover that she had lost the firearm. The firearm had been lost for one hour and 20 minutes before the police officer realised it was gone.”

The woman said she is yet to receive an apology from the police for the incident and said the constable had been extremely rude following the incident.

“The constable does not seem to realise the seriousness of this matter and the constable’s partner, who is also a constable, was extremely rude and disrespectful towards myself and the other two senior SAP members as the constable expressed disgust that my son had found the firearm and was also not pleased that an entry had been made about the incident,” said the woman.

She said she was called in to Hilton police station yesterday to write a statement about the incident.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said a case of failing to safeguard a firearm has been opened and is being investigated. She said the policewoman is being charged with negligence and that disciplinary action has already been instituted against her.

She said the constable had eaten her lunch in the TV room and had allegedly left her gun on a chair while she ate. She then allegedly left the room later without her firearm.

Jeevan described this as “pure negligence”. She said police were required to keep their guns on them at all times and they must be locked in a safe when not in use.

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