Bloemfontein High Court pens down harsh judgement for fire arm dealer

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The accused, Izak Hattingh (42) appeared before the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 20 October 2021 and the court pinned down a harsh judgement on the accused.

He was found guilty for contravening the Firearm Control Act.

His arrest emanates from last year in October 2020, following the Hawks’ National Priority Violent Crimes (NPVC) intervention at his Gunshop in Bloemfontein which was identified as a gunsmith that specialises on illegal barrel changing in contravention with the Firearms Control Act.

During the search of the premises Police discovered 262 altered firearms (Rifle) barrels.

It is alleged that he was unlawfully changing the serial numbers of those firearm barrels to hide the original identity of the barrels which is in contravention of the Firearms Control Act.

He appeared in court on several occasion culminating in his recent conviction.

The court fined Hattingh R25 000 or three (3) years direct imprisonment.

He was also sentenced to seven (7) years direct imprisonment which is suspended for five (5) years.


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