Hwange Magistrate, Roselyn Dube has sentenced Akim Masuku, 26years, to fifteen and a half years in prison for illegal possession of ivory. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Public Relations Manager Caroline Washaya-Moyo added that Akim is set to appear in court on the 30th of October facing charges of hunting illegally and contravening the Environmental Management Act which deals with the handling of hazardous substances.
His co-accused Norma Ncube, 18 years, pleaded not guilty and is set to appear in court on the 30th of October.
Last week 10 elephants were killed by poachers using cyanide and 14 tusks have since been recovered through indications. Some of the tusks were recovered along the railway line while others were recovered at the crime scene.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority will continue to engage the judiciary so that there is consistency in all wildlife cases that are brought before the courts country-wide.
100 elephants have died in Hwange National Park due to cyanide poisoning and twelve people have since been arrested and four have been convicted and sentenced.