Illegal firearms, severed head recovered in Putfontein

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Tebogo Msimanga

Two siblings were denied bail and remanded in custody following the recovery of 19 firearms, 10 of which are illegal. Nine of these firearms have been confirmed as licenced but remain seized for ballistic testing, along with the other ten and the illegal ammunition. The pair appeared before the Benoni Magistrate Court on Thursday. They will appear in Benoni Magistrate on the 13th of August 2020.

In May 2020, police  opened an inquest docket after discovering a badly burnt body of an unknown male in Putfontein. Investigations led police to the deceased’s landlord and further revealed that the same landlord could possibly be linked to a June 2019 murder of a victim who was allegedly decapitated and the head dumped into a septic tank on another plot in Putfontein.

Police on Sunday 02 August 2020 found one illegal firearm and multiple rounds of ammunition at the landlord’s property. He was arrested.

On Tuesday 04 August 2020 police followed more leads and found five illegal firearms and ammunition in Benoni. A suspect is yet to be arrested.

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