Two more rhino horn paochers sentenced

25 Sep 2016 13:40pm
OPUWO, 25 SEP (NAMPA) – Two more rhino poachers were on Friday slapped with a sentence of more than 10 years behind bars in the Opuwo Magistrate’s Court.
Magistrate Leena Iyambo handed Uaparakana Kapuree, 28, and Tjizemba Kambamba Maverukuuni, 22, a sentence of 11 years and six months each for their involvement in rhino poaching activities in the Kunene Region.
They were charged with hunting specially protected game; being in possession of controlled wildlife products (rhino horns); being in possession of firearms without a licence; and unlawful possession of ammunition.
On the first count they were each given six years without the option of a fine. They were then sentenced to three years’ imprisonment on the second count.
On the third count, they each got a fine of N.dollars 2 000 or two years and six months in jail, while they were slapped with a fine of N.dollars 1 000 on the fourth count.
Other accused in the matter: Samuel Gideon, 30; and Ndume Nakakuwa, 34 were handed the same sentences a fortnight ago.
Nakakuwa, however, had an additional charge of contravening the traffic act by driving a vehicle without a licence. As such, he got an additional sentence of 15 months in prison or alternatively N.dollars 1 500 fine.
The fifth accused, Benjamin Shikongo, 22, has not been sentenced because he maintains that he is not guilty.
State Prosecutor Obrey Ndlovu had during court proceedings pleaded with the court to impose stricter sentences to send a message to would-be-offenders.