Two suspects aged 31 and 36 are expected to appear in the Strand Magistrate’s Court today facing charges in contravention of the living marine resource Act, and attempted murder, following their arrest on Monday morning in a sting operation by members from Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Somerset West.
The suspects were driving in two vehicles along Old Sir Lowry’s Pass Road when members pulled them over, the one vehicle sped off, colliding with one official in the process, the official who sustained minor injuries instinctively reacted and fired at the speeding bakkie bringing it to a sudden stop about 500 metres away, the suspect then got out and fled the scene, leaving a trail of blood in the vehicle.
A search of both vehicles uncovered about 11 941 units of wet abalone valued at just under R2-million. Authorities immediately launched a manhunt which led to the subsequent arrest of the second suspect who is due to face an additional charge of attempted murder. He was apprehended in Bredasdorp Hospital where he had gone to seek medical attention for a hand gunshot wound.