Suspect appears in court for possession of unlicensed firearms

2018-03-01 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedSAPS Verulam Crime Prevention Unit with the recovered firearms.

PHOTO: suppliedSAPS Verulam Crime Prevention Unit with the recovered firearms.

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AMAN who was charged for possession of unlicensed firearms, appeared at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Monday, February 19. The suspect was arrested in a sting operation conducted by the Verulam SAPS. During the operation, the police found automatic rifles and ammunition.

SAPS Verulam spokesperson Captain Henry Kisten said the police received information about a man in possession of unlicensed firearms.

“Members from the Crime Prevention Unit under the command of Captain Mark Prakism were on duty when they received information through an informer that there were unlicensed firearms being kept at a certain premises. The premises was pointed out by the informer,” he said.

Kisten said the police proceeded to the suspect’s house in Verulam.

“Upon arrival at the premises, police search the house and found two high-calibre rifles, one 9 mm pistol and live rounds, 19 R1 rounds for R1 rifle and 28 rounds for R5 rifle, which were kept under the bed in one of the rooms. He failed to produce the licences for all his firearms. The suspect was arrested and charged accordingly. Firearms are the biggest contributors to our violent crimes and if firearms are recovered, there will be a reduction in violent crimes.

“We are therefore encouraging the community to give us information of suspects who are in possession of these illegal or unlicensed firearms,” Kisten said.

Station commander Brigadier Victor Dludla commanded the members for the good work.

?Deputy chairperson of the Verulam CPF Jeeten Jaganath said: “We comment the excellent work of the SAPS Verulam in working hard to keep our community safe. It is now in the hands of the court to make a ruling in this case.”

Jaganath advised residents to work in partnership with the CPF and the police in order to eradicate criminal activities.

In another incident, a suspect was arrested for being in possession of a hand grenade at the CBD in Verulam on Monday, February 19. According to the police, the suspect was standing near the bank in Wick Street with the hand grenade. Police could not confirm if the suspect was linked to an ATM bombing gang.

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