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Police take Worcester shooter's firearms

The man who stands accused of killing a scrap metal collector in the street in the industrial area, has had his firearms confiscated by the police.

Elton Weise (44), who is standing trial for murder, is currently out on bail. According to Weise’s lawyer, Ashgar Mia, his client who is a qualified shooting instructor, had his instructor’s competency compliance certificates also confiscated by the police.

The shooting of Johannes Jacobs (27) on 20 July had residents in Worcester divided and angry. On the one hand family, friends and community members who knew Jacobs view the shooting as racially motivated and unnecessary.

Elton Weise

On the other hand supporters of Weise says the shooting was justified and in self defence.

Mia, of William Booth Attorneys in Cape Town, told the court on Thursday that his client’s personal firearms are not of any threat to anyone.

This is after the police allegedly raided Weise’s home days after the incident and confiscated his personal firearms.

Weise appeared in court last Thursday. Mia also said that the police in the meantime have withheld Weise’s competency certificates and that this was not part of the bail conditions.

The case has been postponed until 1 November for further investigation and for a final date, when the case will be moved to the Regional Court.

The court will also consider the application to return Weise’s competency certificates.

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