The arrest made by Worcester Crime Prevention Unit and the investigation conducted by the Provincial Organised Crime Unit led to the conviction of 33 year old accused Ashley Baadjies for charges such as possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition on 17 July 2019, in Worcester Regional Court.
The excellent investigation by the Unit ensured that Ashley Baadjies will serve an effective 15 years imprisonment of which three years are suspended for five years on condition that the accused not be found guilty of similar offence. The accused was declared unfit to possess a firearm. The purpose of sentencing all counts were added together and thee sentences imposed will run concurrent.
The matter was withdrawn against his co-accused 35 year old Jerome Baadjies.
On 23 March 2018, SAPS Worcester Crime Prevention received information of possible illegal firearms and ammunition held at a premises in Songhe Avenue, Worcester. A search warrant was obtained and authorized which proceeded in the execution of the search warrant at the mentioned address.
The members found a rifle, five handguns and an assortment of ammunition hidden in a wendy house situated at the back on the premises and arrested the two accused who are brothers.
The Western Cape Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen KE Jula welcomed the sentence and commends the members for ensuring the conviction of the perpetrators.
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