Rhino sentences

LEPHALALE — In Lephalale Regional Court, Calvyn Mogoro was recently found guilty on illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and Solly Mpanza was found guilty on trespassing. 

This follows an incident in February 2016 where Mogoro and Mpanza entered a farm in the Steenbokpan area illegally to presumably poach rhinos. Mogoro was sentenced to seven years imprisonment on each count of which three years of each are suspended for five years. The court took in consideration that he has been in custody for two years and nine months. The sentences are running concurrently.

Mpanza was sentenced to R20 000, or five years imprisonment suspended in total.

In another rhino poaching incident at a farm in the Overyssel area, three suspects were arrested. Two of them were arrested with possession of firearms and ammunition and one of them was arrested for trespassing.

The two suspects who were arrested for the possession of firearms and ammunition were sentenced to seven years imprisonment suspended for three years and the other suspect was sentenced to R20 000, or five years imprisonment suspended in total.

Warrant Officer Jurg van Heerden of the Endangered Species Unit, thanks community members, farmers in both areas and the members of the Heritage Protection Group (HPG) for their help and cooperation.

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