Sunday, July 25, 2010

Policeman, former rugby star arrested for mine robbery

Jul 25, 2010 12:58 PM | By Sapa

A policeman, a former rugby player and two other people were arrested after their alleged mission to rob a gold mine plant in Welkom was foiled, Free State police said.

Mine shaft
Photograph by: Sydney Seshibedi

The group allegedly planned to rob gold personnel when leaving the President Steyn Gold Plant where the policeman was to execute an arrest in the process, Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said.

The arrest comes after police received information about the alleged intended crime on Thursday.

The group aged between 20 and 43 were arrested at the plant after they arrived in three vehicles, including a police marked Nissan Tiida, driven by the off-duty officer at the time.

Mophiring said when the four, who included a security official and an unemployed man, were questioned about their activities at the plant they could not give reasonable answers until the policeman confessed.

An unlicensed firearm with a licence that expired in 2003 was confiscated allegedly from the policeman.

The policeman is expected to face charges of corruption, using a state vehicle without consent and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

The other three suspects will face corruption charges when they all appear in the Welkom Magistrates’ Court soon.

Times Live

Comments by Sonny

While some policemen get killed fighting crime, others are committing CRIME!

If the license of the firearm seized expired in 2003, it means the policeman failed to renew his license?

Or was it one of the firearms handed in at the police station by a member of the public who did not want to renew his/her firearm license?

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