16-year-old charged for possession of a gun

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Constable Rampoporo holding a firearm they seized with ammunition/Photo supplied

A 16-year-old teenage boy has been arrested and charged for the possession of an unlicensed firearm in Welkom.

Police spokesperson Stephen Thakeng said the firearm owner was at Mkhabela’s tavern in Nyakallong, Allanridge, where he lost his 9mm Norinco with eight rounds of ammunition. The firearm was allegedly taken by the boy, who was later arrested after police received a tip-off.

The owner reported to the police that he lost his firearm and he was requested to bring his license. He managed to submit the license that following day. But on the same day, police received a tip-off that there was a boy wielding a firearm in the streets of Nyakallong. The two members who responded instantly were Constables Mokhethi Rampoporo and SM Morabane. A 16-year-old boy was arrested for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and the possession of ammunition. The firearm owner and the boy are facing the might of the law, respectively.”

According to Thakeng, the owner came with an expired license and will be charged with negligently losing his firearm. He has appeared in the Odendaalsrus Magistrate’s Court. His case has been postponed to 13 December 2016 for further investigation.

Thakeng indicated that the 16-year-old boy also appeared in front of the Odendaalsrus Magistrate’s Court and his case has been postponed to 7 November this year for further investigation. The teen has been released under the care of his parent.

Firearm owners sternly warned by police to have their firearms on their person or in a mounted safe. “Because this firearm might land in the wrong hands that might commit a heinous crime in our society,” he explained.

“I would like to appreciate the gesture by a concerned resident of Nyakallong who reported this boy with a firearm in our streets and this clearly shows that residents are sick and tired of criminal activities. My appreciation once more goes to these two Constables who reacted instantly to seize and arrest the perpetrator,” said the Station Commander of Allanridge, Lieutenant Colonel Mhlolo Ngqotholozi.

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