Man sentenced to six years for possession of firearm

A Port Elizabeth man has been sentenced to six years in jail for the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Ruwayne “Tolla” Marx, a “gang affiliate” according to police, was arrested in December last year when members of the Tactical Response Team (TRT) responded to a complaint regarding a suspect in possession of a firearm in Wimmer Street, Kleinskool.

Police spokeswoman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said Marx was arrested and a Luger pistol and 13 rounds of ammunition confiscated.

He was convicted on September 12 and sentenced in the Port Elizabeth Regional Court on Wednesday (21/09/16).

“The continued recovery and seizure of firearms is a direct result of intensified crime prevention operations, intelligence collection, police visibility and the efforts of the men and women in blue who work daily to ensure that illegal and unlicensed firearms are taken out of circulation and out of the hands of criminal elements,” Naidu said.

“Firearms are 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.”

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