Fingerprints will point to guilty

2015-05-05 06:00
Fingerprints of repeat offenders are kept on police record. If the fingerprint on a petrol bomb found in Lentegeur matches one on record, the bombs will be positively linked to someone. This picture is for illustrative purposes only and no one is imp

Fingerprints of repeat offenders are kept on police record. If the fingerprint on a petrol bomb found in Lentegeur matches one on record, the bombs will be positively linked to someone. This picture is for illustrative purposes only and no one is imp

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A fingerprint identification solution is the last hope for local police in a case against two Lentegeur men who may have intended to use petrol bombs in a gang assault.

Last month police followed up on information that led to the confiscation of six petrol bombs in Varing Street (“Contraband clampdown”, People’s Post, 17 March).

After the recent death of an alleged gang member, police received information of a possible revenge attack planned for after his funeral, which took place on Saturday 14 March.

At 23:55 police and neighbourhood watch members were on patrol in the vicinity. They then received the information that led to the police searching a house in Varing Street, confirms police cluster commander Major-General Abraham Goss. “On arrival officers found two men inside the house and requested permission to search the home. After consent was given, the officers found parts of a bulletproof vest and two .38 calibre special rounds. The officers then moved outside and found a paint bucket with six 340ml bottles inside,” he says.

The beer bottles were filled with petrol and stuffed with linen. This, Goss explains, is considered a petrol bomb.The two men were asked about the explosives and claimed to have no knowledge of it. The men were arrested and have already appeared in court and have since been released.

Colonel Elizabeth Hermanus, Lentegeur police station commander, said at a recent meeting that the men had to be released as they could not be positively linked to the bombs.

“If the people claim to have no knowledge of the bombs or have a valid reason for having them, then the case has to be dropped,” she said, meaning to speak generally and not specifically about this case.

Hermanus continued to explain that the investigation was still open.

“The men were not in possession of the explosives when we arrived. However, we have found a fingerprint. It is just a matter of linking it to someone now. It is with the forensic team at the moment and if the fingerprint matches someone who has been arrested then we can link it,” she said

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