Local arrested for illegal gun

2018-07-24 06:01
Constable Qabela Motholo.

Constable Qabela Motholo.

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A 29-year-old man from Ocean View appeared in the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday 23 July on charges of the illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

The man was arrested by Ocean View police on Friday 20 July.

“The police swiftly responded to a tip-off, which led them to premises in Jupiter Road, Ocean View,” says Sergeant Leon Fortuin, spokesperson of the Ocean View police.

“On searching the premises, police found a Bernadelli Gardone firearm with five live rounds of ammunition.

“Constables Qabela Mothholo and Ntokoza Stofile arrested the suspect.”

The suspect was charged and appeared in the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s court yesterday on the charges.

“The station management is delighted with the arrest, especially after the community’s calls for the police to take action and after the recent rise of shootings and murders in the area.

“This is the third firearm recovered by the police in Ocean View in the past two weeks,” says Fortuin.

The station management hopes that the community has seen the increased police visibility, and that trust can be restored between the community and the police.

“The community should not be afraid to come forward with any information they have with regard to firearms. By keeping quiet, you are giving these criminals freedom to carry on shooting and innocent people are getting hurt in the process.

“We will continue to maintain a high police visibility in Ocean View to ensure that the community can live without the fear of crime and can feel safe in their homes once again,” he says.

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