Zimbabwe: Poacher Gets 17 Years

A MASVINGO man, Tendai Mutyairi, was sentenced to 17-years in jail for poaching a rhino at Matendere Range. Masvingo magistrate Mr Walter Chikwanha suspended 10 years of the sentence on condition that Mutyairi pays US$120 000 restitution to the State. The court heard that sometime last year, Mutyairi and two cousins Samson and Ishmael Mazhongwe went to Matendere Range with the intention of poaching rhinos. The trio killed one rhino at the range and wounded another one, which managed to escape. After killing the rhino, the court heard, the trio dehorned the dead animal.

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