A 51-YEAR-OLD Victoria Falls man was on Friday convicted on two counts of poaching by resident magistrate Sharon Rosemani for trapping and catching wild animals worth $17 000.
Edward Matipa Ncube admitted to the offence and was fined $70 for using class one traps for the purpose of trapping animals.
On the second count, he was fined $30 for removing animals from land or from one place to another. If Ncube defaults, he would be thrown into jail for six months.
Prosecutor Listen Nare told the court that on February 20 at around 9pm, Ncube set four traps at Fuller Forestry in the Mbiya area which caught and killed one female sable and a female impala.
Fuller Forestry rangers reported the matter to the police and recoverd some sable meat and a skin at Ncube’s residency on February 25.
Ncube led them to the location of four wire snares, one of which had caught the female impala.