Police in Serere have arrested Augesa Emmanuel, a 33 year old former convict of murder, who was found in possession of a handmade ghost-gun.
According to the Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga, the suspect allegedly jumped over the fence of Opolot Christine, a 68 year old retired nurse of Alilimo cell, Akisim ward, Kyere Town Council, and threatened to shoot and kill her together with her house maid, apokorit Rhoda, aged 30. The victim’s alerted the immediate neighbours which forced the suspect to flee.
A complaint was thereafter, made at the police in Serere, and the suspect arrested from a bar in Kyere Town Council. Upon arrest, a thorough search was conducted at the suspects home in Obul village, Serere district, where the handmade ghost-gun was recovered. The gun had a firing pin, magazine and was fully functional, after it was test-fired, with two bullets of an AK 47 rifle, by the suspect.
“We do strongly condemn the illegal manufacture of handmade guns, because they end up in the wrong hands of criminals who use them in senseless acts of violence and impunity. Such handmade guns have no serial numbers and therefore, cannot be traced in the database of guns fingerprinted,” Enanga said.
“We do applaud the community in Serere, for availing us credible information. This proactive approach helps a lot in preventing crime. Every time we recover a gun from criminals, it restores confidence and public safety within the community.”
The suspect is to be charged with being in illegal possession of a firearm, aims trafficking and dealing without a firearm licence, criminal trespass and threatening violence.