Poacher escapes jail


A MAN from Village 6B in Nyamandlovu was on Friday fined $200 and given a four- months suspended sentence for setting 27 class one wire snares that caught a neighbour’s cow.


Herod Moyo (age not given) pleaded guilty to contravening Parks and Wildlife Management Act, when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Tawanda Muchemwa.
The magistrate convicted and fined him $200.

He also handed him a four-month suspended sentence for five years on condition of good behaviour.

The court heard that on May 4 this year, Moyo went to Seafield Forest in Nyamandlovu where he set 27 class one wire snares with the aim of catching wild animals.
One of the snares caught a heifer belonging to Washington Ncube.

On May 5 Moyo went to check what had been caught by the snares and found the ensnared beast dead.

He removed it from the snare and left the place to his home.

Villagers who were looking for Ncube’s beast found it where it had been caught and noticed that someone had removed it from the snare. They followed the foot marks which led to Moyo’s home.

When they asked Moyo about the issue he revealed that he had set the wire snares and one of them had caught the cow.

They arrested him and handed him over to the police.

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