Cops seize gun, ammo, ‘rapist’ in M’Plain

2017-12-28 13:07

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Police arrested a 22-year-old man for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition on Christmas day after he failed to stop when signalled to by police in Westgate.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said the man was arrested by Mitchell’s Plain police while busy with crime prevention and visible patrols in Weltevreden Park Way, Westgate around 03:00.

“Police spotted a suspicious Toyota Avanza. The driver refused to stop when signalled by police, who then gave chase. When the vehicle stopped, a male climbed out of the vehicle and a firearm fell on the ground.”

Van Wyk says a female occupant then also climbed out the vehicle and informed police that she was pointed with a firearm and raped by the suspect and an accomplice. 

“The officers confiscated a black .38 Special Rossi with serial number, one magazine and four live rounds.”

The man was arrested for possession of a firearm without a licence and a second charge of possession of ammunition. Further charges are expected to be added. 

Van Wyk says in a separate incident on Friday 22 December, police attended to a shooting complaint in Hartebees Street, Eastridge, Mitchell’s Plain.

“Upon their arrival, they saw an unknown male lying in the road. The deceased had been shot in the back and passed away on the scene. 

“Further investigation by the police led to the arrest of two male suspects aged 30 and 26. The suspects face a charge of murder.”

He says one suspect later pointed out the location of the firearm to police and they confiscated a  9mm Luger firearm, a magazine and nine 9mm rounds. 
“The Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General KE Jula, commended the police and said their actions ensured that more illegal firearms and ammunition were removed from the communities of Mitchell’s Plain.”

The arrested suspects were set to appear in court on Wednesday.

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