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Suspected poacher arraigned after spending four years in hiding

24 February 2016, 14:20 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A suspected poacher who had been in hiding for four years has been arraigned in a Nanyuki court.

Hussein Warsame alongside others not before court allegedly killed a rhino and removed its two horns worth KES 5 million at Ol Pejeta Ranch, Laikipia County on June 30, 2011.

The prosecution told the court that the accused was arrested two months after the offense, charged and released on bond on August 10, 2011.

Hussein later jumped bail and went into hiding until early this year when Laikipia Directorate of Criminal Investigations learned that he had been remanded at Shimo la Tewa Prison over a related offense.

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The prosecutor requested the court not to release him, saying he was a flight risk who had no fixed place of abode.

On his side, the accused said he went into hiding after Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers threatened to kill him after he refuted the prosecution claims.

However, Senior Resident Magistrate Evanson Bett faulted his defense saying the efforts made by security officers to trace him indicated that he did not have a fixed place of abode.

Bett further said the accused should have reported the death threats to police or the court instead of going into hiding, and thus turned down his bond application.

The case will be heard on May 12, 2016.

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