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Gunsmith testifies in American murder trial

Gunsmith testifies in American murder trial

Eba Kandovazu

A NAMPOL gun expert this morning took the stand to testify on the ammunition involved in a murder trial in which two American nationals are accused of killing Andre Heckmaire some eight years ago.

 

Heckmaire, 25, was allegedly fatally shot by Kevin Townsend and Marcus Thomas in his car on a quiet street in Klein Windhoek. The two reportedly illegally imported ammunition in Namibia.

 

Today, Inspector Petrus Jacobus testified that a silencer was amongst the ammunition recovered in the case by the serious crime division. He told the court that on observation, it was clear that the silencer, also known as a suppressor, was new and unused. This, he said, was contributed by the presence of the preservation oil and a lack of carbon burning marks on the inside of it.

STILL ON TRIAL: Marcus Thomas and Kevin Townsend

Jacobus further told the court that two threaded barrels were also found.

 

“With the right adopter, you can screw the silencer on or the muscle deflectors. These are used for purposes of target shootings and they help in minimising your muscle lifts. These particular barrels are longer than the standard barrels because they are threaded,” He said.

 

Jacobus added that the barrels had no serial numbers on them although they too were new and unused, as they had no scrap marks on any chambers. 

 

The trial continues before Judge Christie Liebenberg.

 

Deputy Prosecutor General Antonia Verhoeff is representing the state, with Mbanga Siyomundji representing Townsend. 

 

Thomas is representing himself after he fired his lawyer, Titus Iipumbu, mere weeks ago. 

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