Cor­nered poacher guns down ranger

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A SUS­PECTED poacher who al­legedly shot and killed a game ranger at Not­ting­ham Es­tate in Beit­bridge Dis­trict af­ter he was cor­nered while checking on his snares has ap­peared in court.

Bino Ndou (42) of Ndambe vil­lage in the border town al­legedly shot Ed­more Ndou (28) once on the right thigh re­sult­ing in him bleed­ing to death.

Ndou had been cor­nered by three rangers while al­legedly checking on his snares on the es­tate.

He ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo High Court judge Jus­tice Thomp­son James Mab­hikwa fac­ing a mur­der charge in con­nec­tion with Ed­more’s death.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Ms Nonhlanhla Ndlovu said on April 22 last year at around 10AM, Ed­more and his two fel­low game scouts, Jef­frey Ncube and Pet­ros Moyo, were on an anti-poach­ing pa­trol at Not­ting­ham Es­tate when they came across snares.

They then lay in am­bush the fol­low­ing day dur­ing which Ndou ar­rived at around 10AM to check on his snares.

The rangers or­dered him to sur­ren­der, but Ndou, who was armed with a shot­gun branded Rem­ing­ton 870 Ex­press Mag­num, ran away.

The three game scouts ad­vanced to­wards the ac­cused per­son but he out­paced them and hid be­hind some shrubs.

“Upon see­ing the game scouts, Ndou cocked his ri­fle and pointed it at the trio. The three game scouts, how­ever, con­tin­ued charg­ing to­wards him and he ran to­wards Mut­shi­lashokwe River and hid in the shrubs prompt­ing the three men to con­duct a search,” said Ms Ndlovu.

Ed­more spotted the ac­cused per­son who im­me­di­ately opened fire and hit him on the right thigh. The de­ceased fell on the ground and bled pro­fusely and Ndou fled from the scene.

Moyo, who was nearby, heard the gun­shot and rushed to the scene. The court heard upon see­ing Moyo, Ndou threat­ened to shoot him be­fore pulling out a knife. The two men wres­tled and Moyo man­aged to es­cape.

A re­port was made at Not­ting­ham po­lice base lead­ing to Ndou’s ar­rest and the sub­se­quent re­cov­ery of the firearm.

Ed­more was fer­ried to Not­ting­ham Clinic where he died on ar­rival.

Ac­cord­ing to a post mortem re­port, the cause of death was gun­shot wound, haem­or­rhage shock and bron­choaspi­ra­tion.

Ndou, in his de­fence through his lawyer Mr Bruce Masamvu of Dube-Ta­chiona and Ts­van­gi­rai Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers, said the firearm ac­ci­den­tally dis­charged dur­ing a scuf­fle with Ed­more who had grabbed him from be­hind.

“The gun ac­ci­den­tally dis­charged once but was never aimed at any­one and I did not even no­tice that the de­ceased had been hit by the bul­let. It is only upon my ar­rest that I was told that I had shot the de­ceased,” he said.

Ndou said when he was spotted by the game rangers, he was in the process of re­mov­ing snares which were left by poach­ers.

He said he de­cided to flee when he mis­took the game rangers for poach­ers.—@ mash­nets.

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