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Suspected poachers released on bond

10 June 2013, 14:51 James Kabotia

Two suspected poachers were released on a bond of KES 500 000 and a surety of similar amount for being in possession of elephant tusks and a leopard skin.

Ismael Choya, 37, and Itiemu Ruso, 38, appeared before Nanyuki Principal Magistrate Teresia Bosibori where they pleaded not guilty of three charges facing them.

The court was told that June 3 this year at Elkarama ranch, Segera location in Laikipia County, the two were found in possession of government trophies namely three pieces of ivory weighing four kilogrammes with street value of KES 400 000 without a certificate of ownership.

The suspects also faced another count of being in possession of a leopard skin with a street value of KES 20 000 without a certificate.

They were also charged for displaying the government trophies with intention of selling to Corporal Jilo and Police constable Mberia.

Besides issuing the bond terms, magistrate Bosibori ordered that the two be supplied with copies of prosecution witness statements.

He hearing of the case is set for August 20 and the mention in a fortnight.

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