Elderly man allegedly shoots 'burglar', hides body

2015-12-14 11:42


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Cape Town - An elderly man allegedly shot dead what he said was a suspected burglar and then hid the body in his house when the police came to investigate the break-in.

Upon discovering the body, police also came across no fewer than 25 firearms in his house, said Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut on Monday.

The 79-year-old man will appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of murder and possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.

Traut said the man was arrested on Friday hours after he reported an attempted break-in at his Hazendal, Athlone home.

“He claimed that he discharged two rounds from a firearm at the alleged perpetrator, who managed to flee the scene. Upon attendance, members took a formal statement from him and confiscated the firearm involved,” Traut said.

“Later that same day, someone alerted police that there was a body concealed on the complainant’s property, prompting members to return to the address. A search of the premises led to the discovery of the body of a 39-year-old male in the backyard.”

Traut would not confirm if the body was that of the reported would-be burglar, saying the circumstances are still under investigation.

During the search, 25 firearms comprising various makes and calibres of pistols, rifles and revolvers as well as 700 rounds of ammunition were also discovered.

Only eight of the firearms were licensed in his name, Traut said.

“The suspect was also unable to account for the loss of two of his own firearms and further charges of defeating the ends of justice and the loss of firearms are under investigation against him,” he confirmed.

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