Cop found with illegal gun released on bail

The 24-year-old constable from Athlone police station who was found with a 9mm Vector pistol at a known drug den in Parow three weeks ago, made a second appearance with his 52-year-old mother at the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday October 11.

They were released on R2 000 bail and will reappear in court on Friday October 27.

Athlone police have confirmed that the 9mm Vector pistol had gone missing from the station in February (“Athlone officer found with illegal gun”, October 11).

The constable, who would’ve been employed at the Athlone police station for a year in December, was arrested with his 32-year-old friend and mother. They all appeared in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Monday October 2 on charges relating to being in possession of a stolen firearm and ammunition.

The friend has since been released.

The officer, his friend and mother were arrested on Friday September 29 when police searched a known Parow drug den.

According to Athlone police spokeswoman, Sergeant Zita Norman, during their search the suspect walked in and claimed that he was collecting an item which had been stolen from him. Police then searched him and found ammunition in his pocket.

The suspect’s mother then approached police and after speaking to them, walked away to a parked car. Police then searched the car and found the 9mm gun.

At a meeting at Athlone police station last Wednesday, visible commander Colonel Clive Nicholas said that the station would be filing for the constable to be dismissed and that he would be offered a plea bargain of 10 years if he pleads guilty but if not he would face 15 years in prison.