Thursday, 11 February 2021

Welkom: The 41 year old accused, appeared in the Welkom Magistrates’ Court along with his 35 and 45 year old accused, on Tuesday; 09 February 2021.

The 41 year old man is facing charges of illegal possession of suspected gold bearing material, possession of suspected stolen property, fraud and money laundering. The other two are facing charges of money laundering and perjury.

Their charges emanate from the incident which took place on the 09 March 2020 where the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation searched his house and uncovered gold bearing material, gold dust and R441 900.00.

All items that were recovered were seized including two vehicles, a Jeep and a BMW. He was arrested on the day of the search and was later released on a R10 000.00 bail.

During the investigation, the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team interviewed the other two accused as witnesses on the case. It was later discovered that they both lied under oath.  Last week, a warrant of arrest was issued against them and they handed themselves over to the police on Tuesday; 09 February 2021.

The case against the trio was postponed to 03 May 2021 for provisional transfer. The other two accused were released on R5000.00 bail each whilst the first accused, is still out on R10 000.00 bail.