03 Sep 2013 01:40
OTJIWARONGO, 03 SEP (NAMPA) Two suspected Grootfontein poachers who were arrested on Saturday whilst in possession of duiker carcasses, pleaded guilty and paid a fine of N.dollars 1 000 each in the Grootfontein Magistrates Court on Monday.
The accused are Paulus Muyamba, 54, and 39-year-old Robert Kudumo.
The two men were arrested with three carcasses of duikers in the Grootfontein District.
A duiker is a small African antelope, typically with a tuft of hair between the horns.
They appeared before Magistrate Desmond Beukes on Monday, and pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal hunting and illegal possession of game meat.
Magistrate Beukes sentenced them each to 10 months imprisonment, or a fine of N.dollars 1 000.
Muyamba and Kudumo paid the fines on the spot, and walked out of the court smiling.
Public Prosecutor Ailly Opandja represented the State.
The value of the three duiker carcasses was estimated at N.dollars 4 000.
According to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer Maureen Mbeha, the accused persons were spotted by members of a Neighbourhood Watch, who were patrolling the Grootfontein area on Friday night.
Mbeha told Nampa on Monday that shortly before 01h00 on Saturday, the Neighbourhood Watch members alerted the police about the suspected poachers.
Together with the police, the Neighbourhood Watch members ambushed the two suspects at their vehicle, which was parked in the bushes, some five kilometres south of Grootfontein.
When the two suspects were about to load the duiker carcasses into the vehicle, they were arrested by the police on the spot, Mbeha explained.
It was also discovered that the rifle which was used to hunt the duikers is Muyambas private weapon.
The two accused spent the whole weekend in police holding cells at the Grootfontein police station before they made their appearance in court.