Unlicensed guns: man granted bail

2010-09-13 00:00

A DURBAN-BASED security boss was given bail of R3 000 at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Fridayin a case where he is alleged to have been in possession of 219 unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

Richard Nkosi (39), who was also charged with illegally rendering security services, looked calm as Captain Danie Reyneke of the Hawks gave evidence in a bid to oppose bail.

The state opposed bail on the grounds that if Nkosi were to be released public safety would be in jeopardy.

The state also argued that they were still collecting more evidence in the case and needed more time to investigate.

State prosecutor Blackie Swart led Reyneke through his evidence in chief, where the latter told the court that Nkosi was “not a truthful person and has no respect for the law”.

But advocate Muzi Mkhize, who defended Nkosi on the matter, objected to the statement, arguing that it was based on Reyneke’s character evidence and his own opinion of Nkosi.

Nkosi was not asked to plead, but his advocate indicated that he would plead not guilty to both charges.

Reyneke said when Nkosi was questioned by police he had only accounted for 50 of the 219 firearms.

The state argued that Nkosi had no permission or licence to possess the firearms and further revealed that applications by Nkosi to have the guns licensed were refused in the past.

Nkosi’s advocate read from an affidavit that he would co-operate with the police during the investigation and hand over his travel documents and abide by the conditions of the bail.

He also said that he had two wives and a daughter who depended on him.

After all the evidence was heard the court ruled that there were no sufficient reasons given by the state for Nkosi not to be granted bail.

The matter was postponed to October 25 for further investigation.

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