‘Smash-and-grab woman may have been negligent'

The gun used by an Italian woman to shoot dead a 16-year-old was licenced to the woman’s partner.

FILE: Police say the Italian woman will not be charged for shooting dead a 16-year-old because he was trying to steal her handbag. Picture: freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - Gun Free South Africa says the gun owner whose firearm was used by a smash-and-grab victim may have been negligent.

Police say the Italian woman will not be charged for shooting dead a 16-year-old because he was trying to steal her handbag.

The gun used in the incident was licensed to the woman's partner.

The National Prosecuting Authority has indicated it will not pursue a murder investigation following the smash-and-grab incident on Jakes Gerwel Drive two weeks ago.

The decision comes after the armed suspect, a repeat offender, tried to rob a female motorist along a busy intersection near Bonteheuwel.

But Gun Free South Africa's Claire Taylor believes police should probe the ownership of the gun used to kill the 16-year-old suspect.

"Allowing somebody who does not have a license to use your firearm and use it for their own self-defence will definitely fall under Section 103, where you will be declared unfit to own a gun."

Police say an inquest docket has been opened.