Judge Legodi Phatudi granted an order in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to the 45-year-old man, directing the registrar of the Central Firearms Registry to immediately remove an entry on the registry declaring him unfit to possess a firearm.
The applicant was in 2006, in terms of a plea bargain agreement, sentenced to three years’ correctional supervision and was given a suspended three-year jail term after admitting he had indecently assaulted a 14-year-old girl while their families were on holiday together.
According to a psychological report, forming part of court papers, the victim was so traumatised, she tried to commit suicide more than once. The conditions of suspension included that he was not again convicted of indecent assault within the five-year period of suspension and that he paid R10 000 to his victim’s mother.
He said in court papers the registry’s records wrongly indicated he had been declared unfit for 99 years to possess a firearm. This meant he could not obtain a competency certificate or firearm licence and that he had to hand in his licensed firearms to the police.
He only became aware of the entry in March this year when he attempted to hand in an application for a competency certificate and was actively involved in a shotgun shooting, but the wrongful entry would thwart his lifelong dream of competing in the world championship in America in September.