Fourth suspect in rhino poaching case arrested

25 Jan 2017 10:10am
GOBABIS, 25 JAN (NAMPA) - A fourth man appeared in the Gobabis Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for rhino poaching.
The accused, David Stephanus, 35, was arrested last Tuesday in Windhoek and is now linked to the case with Gerson Kandjii, Domingo Moma and Erwin Tjiteere.
The four are implicated in the death and dehorning of four white rhinos (two bulls and two pregnant cows) valued at a combined N.dollars 5 million on 22 December 2016.
Prosecutor Salomon Kanyemba told Nampa on enquiry Tuesday that a case of possession of an unlicensed firearm, ammunition and illegal possession of game meat or products was also opened against Stephanus in Windhoek after he was found in possession of four legs of a Damara dik-dik and a hunting rifle upon his arrest.
Stephanus was denied bail and the matter was postponed to 31 March for further police investigation and legal aid feedback.
The other three accused were arrested on 27 December at a farm near Khainas in the Gobabis District and made their first appearance before Gobabis Magistrate, Godwin Chizhande on 10 January.
They were charged with contravening the Nature Conservation Ordinance by hunting specially protected game.