Man sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for possession of illegal firearms and money laundering

The Khayelitsha Priority Court sentenced 64 year-old Moegsien Haywood to 15 years imprisonment on Monday, 12 December for the possession of prohibited firearm, money laundering and gang-related offences after getting a plea deal with the State.

It comes after the Hawks` Serious Organized Crime investigation unit were alerted about Haywood trying to obtain an AK-47 assault rifle and hand grenades on 15 May 2019.

Hawks spokesperson Zinzi Hani, said a transaction was conducted between the suspect and officials, and this lead to apprehending four suspects.

“During the operation, five 9mm semi-automatic pistols were recovered from the suspects and two vehicles valued at R180, 000 as well as cash used for the transaction of R17, 000 were recovered”.

“Haywood was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for each of the five counts of illegal possession of prohibited firearm and nine years’ imprisonment for money laundering of which five years on each count was suspended to five years,” she said.

The trial against the three suspects will resume on 19 January 2023.


By Lulama Klassen


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