Youth jailed for 2 years for selling gun

2013-07-10 17:48

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Mbombela - A Mpumalanga teenager was sentenced to two years in jail by the Nelspruit Regional Court on Wednesday, for trying to sell a firearm he found outside his house.

A Sapa correspondent reported that Thulane Fakudze's sentence was suspended for three years. The 18-year-old pleaded guilty to possession of an unlicensed firearm.

The court heard that Fakudze, from Mshadza outside Hazyview, was arrested with Penuell Mbuyane on 29 October 2010, in connection with an armed robbery.

During their arrest, Fakudze was found in possession of a 7.65mm calibre semi-automatic pistol.

Magistrate Eddie Hall withdrew all charges against Mbuyane and withdrew the charge of armed robbery against Fakudze due to lack of evidence.

In his affidavit, Fakudze told the court he was 15 when he was arrested.

"I found the firearm on a rock outside my home in October 2010. When I tried selling it to make some money, I was arrested by the police," Fakudze testified.

Prosecutor Michael Mazibuko told the court that ballistic testing revealed the gun had not been used in other crimes.

"I do not oppose a suspended sentence for the accused as he is a first offender and was still a minor when he committed the crime."

Mazibuko said Fakudze dropped out of school in Grade 7 after he was arrested. He was struggling financially and relied on his grandmother's pension for survival.

Hall told Fakudze: "You saw an opportunity to make money by selling the firearm. The court accepts that you were 15-years-old and still a minor at the time. If you were older, the minimum sentence could be applicable."

Fakudze was declared unfit to own a firearm for five years.

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