Ivory dealer fined P25,000

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FRANCISTOWN: A 54-year-old man of Tutume village was fined P25,000 for illegal possession of two elephant tusks weighing 39.2 kilogrammes valued at P62,000.

The fine is payable in seven days, failure of which he will spend five years in jail. “Furthermore, he is sentenced to five years in jail, wholly suspended for three years on condition that he does not commit a similar offence,” said principal magistrate, Dumisani Basupi.

The accused, Uyapo Jerry, was convicted after he entered into his own plea of guilty. He was initially charged along with Mbatshi Walila, 30, also from Tutume, who was discharged because of lack of evidence. Jerry committed the offence at Dumela Industrial Site in Francistown on November 10, 2014.

Editor's Comment
Stop the children killing madness!

The incident comes on the heels of a similar one where a father murdered his two toddlers in Francistown. As we grapple with the shock and sorrow of this loss, it is essential to address the underlying issues that led to such a horrific outcome.Our hearts go out to the innocent victims, the three boys aged 13, 10, and eight who lost their lives in circumstances that defy comprehension. Their deep cuts and untimely demise have left a scar on the...

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