National 15.9.2016 11:32 am

Man threatens to murder couple over R40 debt

Couple threatened with a gun over a R40 outstanding balance.

Couple threatened with a gun over a R40 outstanding balance.

The couple tried to explain their failure to settle the outstanding R40 balance, but the suspect drew a firearm and threatened to kill them, police say.

Kagiso police have arrested a 44-year-old Mozambican suspect after he drew a firearm and demanded that a couple pay an outstanding debt amount of R40 allegedly owed to him, News24 reports.

According to police spokesperson Captain Solomon Sibiya, the man went to the couple’s home and did not take the news well that they did not have the outstanding amount.

“The suspect was aggressive and demanded the amount of R40 that they owed him. The couple tried to explain their failure to settle the outstanding R40 balance, but the suspect drew a firearm and threatened to kill them.”

The situation was brought under control when the landlord intervened in Swaneville’s Mayibuye section, near Roodepoort.

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The incident was then was reported to the police, who then launched an investigation and led to his arrest yesterday.

He is expected to appear briefly in the Kagiso Magistrates’ Court within 48 hours of his arrest and facing charges of pointing a firearm and common assault.

The Citizen spoke to Sibiya who said: “His firearm is unlicensed and as a foreign national, he cannot possess one, which, of course, there is a possibility he got it from either one of our own [police], or he can be linked with other syndicates. We are trying to figure out if the firearm has ever been used elsewhere.”

Sibiya elaborated that being found in possession of a firearm without a licence could send you to up to five years’ imprisonment, and in this case, a charge of assault would be added after investigations were over, and if ever he had committed other crimes, all he had to do was cooperate and hand in the gun.

– Caxton News Service

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