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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 18, 1966 — John Wat­son, a 21-year-old Euro­pean game war­den at Buf­falo Range game park was sen­tenced in the Tri­an­gle mag­is­trate’s court to four months and six cuts, con­di­tion­ally sus­pended, for whip­ping two African poach­ers with a sjam­bok.

He was found guilty on two charges of as­sault with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm.

Ev­i­dence was given that Wat­son, with two African rangers, ar­rested two Africans who were in pos­ses­sion of wire snares. The poach­ers ad­mit­ted that they had killed four im­pala at Buf­falo Range game park.

Wat­son hand­cuffed the men and took them to his house where he ques­tioned them re­gard­ing the where­abouts of more wire snares. When they re­fused to an­swer him he struck them.

When the men con­tin­ued to refuse to an­swer his ques­tions, Wat­son was said to have hand­cuffed their hands be­hind their backs.

He then took them into his house sep­a­rately and flogged them with a sjam­bok.

He then took them to Buf­falo Range store and handed them over to Pa­trol Of­fi­cer B Meak­ing, who took them to the Tri­an­gle hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

In judg­ment, Mr ID Howcroft said: “This was a vi­cious and un­nec­es­sary as­sault. The fact that the men were hand­cuffed was an ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tor.”

Mr F Labuschane, of Win­ter­ton, Holmes and Hill ap­peared for Wat­son and Sec­tion Of­fi­cer AD James pros­e­cuted.

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