A 12 year-old boy who claimed he attempted to prevent a crime was arrested for possessing a locally made handgun, Elpitiya police said. According to the police the young boy also had at least seven cartridges in his possession at the time of the
arrest.HQI Elpitiya police O. K Gunadasa said the weapon was recovered from the suspect when he was checked by police who were suspicious of a parcel he was carrying.
The suspect however had told the police he saw the gun under a bed in a neighbouring house and brought it to be handed over to the police to prevent any possible crime. The suspect was to be produced in court last morning.
Under the laws the under-aged boy would be handed over to the Probation and Child Care Department or handed over to the parents until the case is over.