A Port Elizabeth gang member has been jailed for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Police spokesperson, Colonel Prisiclla Naidu, said Dean Conley, was sentenced to five years in jail in the city’s Regional Court.
“On 3 April 2016 at about 19:00 police received information of a suspect walking in Terblanche Street in Gelvandale with a firearm in his possession. Information was immediately followed up and the suspect was spotted,” said Naidu.
“As he saw the police vehicle, he walked into a yard of one of the houses. Police noticed him throwing a firearm in the yard as he jumped over the wall of another house. Dean Conley(accused) then walked out of the yard and was arrested.”
“A 9mm pistol with 15 rounds of ammunition was seized. The firearm was reported stolen in Mount Road in 2012,” she said.
Naidu said that firearms were at the centre of many incidents involving serious and violent crime in the Northern areas of Port Elizabeth.
“Sentences such as this send out a strong message to criminals that, if found in possession of an unlicensed firearm, they will be prosecuted and face imprisonment,” she said.