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Man slapped with KES1 million fine for possessing elephant tusk

09 April 2015, 13:11 Joseph Njung'eh

Nanyuki - A middle-aged man was Thursday fined KES 1 million or in default serve five years in jail after he was found guilty of illegal possession of an elephant tusk.

Omar Juma Said was handed the sentence by Nanyuki Resident Magistrate, Evans Bett.

Omar was charged that on June 30, 2015 in Nanyuki town, he was found in possession of 1.5 kilogram of a government trophy with a street value of KES 10 000, without a permit from the director of Kenya Wildlife services (KWS).

Prosecutor Peter Nzemya told the court that on that day at 11.00am, a KWS officer attached to Major Wildlife Crime Unit, Josphat Lokibet Mengoh, received information that there was a man in Nanyuki town who had a piece of ivory.

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Nzemya added that the sources informed Mengoh that Omar was looking for a willing buyer of the ivory and the transaction was to take place around Nakumatt supermarket.

The source also described how the accused was dressed to the KWS official.

Mengoh then rushed to the scene alongside his colleague Justine Kinyua, where they caught the accused person with the trophy inside a polythene bag he was carrying.

The accused was escorted to Nanyuki police station where he was charged with the offence.

The magistrate gave him 14 days to appeal against the judgment.

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