NDF member apprehended for alleged illegal hunting

02 Sep 2013 06:50
OTJIWARONGO, 02 SEP (NAMPA) - A member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) stationed at the Grootfontein Army Base and his 39-year-old civilian accomplice were caught in possession of duiker carcasses at Grootfontein on Saturday.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Maureen Mbeha told Nampa in an interview on Monday the two accused poachers were spotted by members of the Neighbourhood Watch who were on patrol around the town on Friday night.
She said shortly before 01h00 on Saturday morning, the Neighbourhood Watch members and members of the police force ambushed the suspects at their pick-up which had been parked in the bushes about five kilometres south of Grootfontein.
“The police arrested them on the spot as they were about to load the carcasses onto the vehicle,” Mbeha explained.
She said the rifle which was allegedly used in the hunt is the private property of the 54-year-old soldier.
The value of the three duiker carcasses is estimated to be N.dollars 4 000.
The two accused poachers spent the whole weekend in the police holding cells at the Grootfontein Police Station, and they were expected to appear in the Grootfontein Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Police investigations into the matter continue under CR no. 69/08/2013.
Mbeha warned against illegal hunting in the region, saying suspects would be arrested and dealt with accordingly.
She said this specific case is made worse by the fact that an NDF member, who is supposed to co-operate with the law and report illegal hunters to the police, is involved.