Puma’s case postponed

Wilmaure Louw. Photo: Facebook

MBOMBELA – The Steval Puma who was charged with pointing a firearm last month, appeared in Nelspruit’s Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The case has been postponed to April 28 because the complainant could not attend the hearing.

Mr Gabby de Oliveira said he was only notified an hour before the hearing that he needed to be there and would not have been able to be in court on time.

Mr Wilmaure Louw, outside centre for our home team, was accused of wielding a gun in the parking lot of a well-known pub in the CBD in the early hours of Sunday March 31. After a tough game on Saturday March 30 the player enjoyed a night on the town at local pub Legends. Louw and the complainant had apparently engaged in an argument and agreed to “take it outside”.

This was then when the accused allegedly ran to his car and retrieved a handgun, which he pointed in De Oliveira’s face. He also allegedly shoved the gun in the complainant’s friend’s mouth.

De Oliveira told Lowvelder he had heard gun shots when he turned and ran from Louw and his friends. Whether shots were actually fired could not be confirmed. De Oliveira reported the incident to Mbombela SAPS the following Tuesday. Louw was taken into custody when police found a small black gun in his car. However, it was only a gas gun and complainant informed them it was not the gun the accused had wielded that night.

The case has been postponed to offer the parties a chance to mediate.

Marinette Potgieter

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