Woman arrested for firearm theft

2018-03-08 06:01
Officers discovered a firearm that was used in an attempted murder, buried in a yard.PHOTO: supplied

Officers discovered a firearm that was used in an attempted murder, buried in a yard.PHOTO: supplied

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AWOMAN (43) was arrested for theft of a firearm and appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, February 27.

According to reports, the suspect is a domestic worker working for a Verulam businessperson.

The suspect removed her boss’s 9mm pistol with live rounds from a safe last week.

The arrest was made during a joint operation between Crime Intelligence, the TransNatal Flying Squad Unit and Verulam SAPS on Monday.

According to the head of TransNatal Flying Squad Unit, Suren Balram, his office received a tip-off from an anonymous caller alerting them to a stolen firearm that was allegedly used in a shooting.

“We received the information and acted on it. The woman was arrested. It was established that the domestic worker had worked for her boss for the past five years,” Balram said.

Balram said the employer had left his safe keys on his bed and the suspect stole the firearm in order to “protect herself from her abusive boyfriend”.

“According to the information we received, the suspect had domestic issues with her boyfriend. It’s alleged that the suspect’s intention was to act in self-defence when the boyfriend attacked her. When she arrived at home, her boyfriend saw the gun and disarmed her.

“The brother of the suspect [woman] tried to intervene. However, the boyfriend fired shots at him. The victim escaped unhurt,” he said.

Balram said after the shooting incident, the suspect’s boyfriend gave the firearm to his friend to hide it from the police.

“On Sunday night, the victim [woman’s brother] opened a case of attempted murder at the Verulam SAPS,” Balram said.

The second suspect [boyfriend] was arrested on Monday for attempted murder. He appeared in court and was granted bail.

“On Monday, we interviewed him and he told us that he gave the firearm to his friend. Upon arrival at his friend’s place, he led us to the back yard where the firearm was buried. The firearm was recovered and sent for a ballistic test,” Balram said.

Balram said the firearm was positively linked to an attempted murder case registered on Sunday, February 25.

At the time of going to press, SAPS Verulam spokesperson Captain Henry Kisten was not available for comment.

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