A Cummingslodge businessman was yesterday released on station bail after “cooling off” for a night in the Sparendaam Police Station lock ups.
The businessman was arrested on Saturday for allegedly discharging his firearm indiscriminately during a drunken rage.
According to the police, ranks at the Turkeyen Police Station received an anonymous call around 21:00 hours on Saturday informing them that the businessman was indiscriminately discharging multiple rounds in the Cummings Lodge area.
The police went to the scene and confronted the businessman, who was sitting in his vehicle with a gun on the front passenger seat.
A police source related that the man, who appeared to be heavily under the influence of alcohol, was invited to the station where he told the police that he is the holder of a firearm licence.
His weapon along with 22 live rounds and three magazines, were seized.
To verify this claim of being a firearm licence holder, the man’s wife, who visited the station sometime later, was asked to return home for the document. After several to-and-fros, the licence was eventually provided to the authorities.
Despite this, police realizing his state of mind placed him in the lock-ups pending the outcome of their investigations.
The businessman has denied that he discharged rounds from his firearm and since no one has given police a statement to support the allegation, it is unlikely that the businessman will face charges.
He was however allowed to “thaw off” in the lock-ups, even as relatives and associates pleaded with the police for his release.
He was only let go yesterday morning on station bail but according to the source, his weapon and ammunition remain lodged, pending further investigations.
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