Trio jailed 9yrs each

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Yeukai Karengezeka Her­ald Cor­re­spon­dent

THREE boys from Beatrice have been sen­tenced to nine years in jail each for try­ing to sell pan­golin scales worth $5 000.

Malvin Manuel (22), Ta­tenda Wine (18) and Vin­cent Mun­doko (18) were con­victed on their own plea of guilty when they ap­peared be­fore Chi­tung­wiza res­i­dent mag­is­trate Mrs Yeukai Chigodora charged with breach­ing the Parks and Wildlife Act, specif­i­cally be­ing found in pos­ses­sion of pro­tected species.

Dur­ing the trial, the three said they just found the scales in the bush and de­cided to sell them.

The State led by Mr Nor­man Koropi proved that on Septem­ber 3, a de­tec­tive from Min­er­als and Boarder Con­trol Unit, Harare, re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that the ac­cused per­sons were in pos­ses­sion of pan­golin scales.

Act­ing on the in­for­ma­tion, three de­tec­tives pro­ceeded to Joy Mine com­pound pos­ing as po­ten­tial buy­ers and met Manuel.

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