Foreigners guilty of lion slaugtering

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Lentswe, Klerksdorp - A sentence agreement was entered into between the state and Mguyel Huu Son (30), NguyenTaun (33), Dao Thang (38), Pham Kur (56), Pham Xuan Chanh (56) and Quol Thang (60) who were arrested for illegal possession of game products on 26 November 2018.  The accused were intercepted at the intersection of N12 and Dominionville driving in a convoy headed to an unused farm in Mareetsane. 

Upon a search of both vehicles, the team recovered lion bones, lion meat, a tiger skin, gas cylinders, gas burners, containers, a saw, knives and other equipment which is believed to have been used to process the lion bones.

On 27 November 2018, the accused made their first appearance at the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court facing charges of contravention of Section 57 of the National Environmental Management-Biodiversity (Nemba) Act.

They were joined by Louis Fouche (22), Lourens Pretorius (24) and Michael Frederich Fourie (42) who were granted bail of R10 000 each, meanwhile bail against the six accused was successfully opposed.

On 25 June, a sentence agreement was entered into where the accused were sentenced.

Nguyen Taun (33) got a R8 000 fine or 1 year imprisonment, further 3 years imprisonment suspended for 5 years.

Pham Kur (56) got R10 000 fine or 3 months imprisonment, further 3 years imprisonment suspended for 5 years.

Dao Thang (38) got R10 000 fine or 3 months imprisonment, further 3 years imprisonment suspended for 5 years
and Mguyel Huu Son (30) R50 000 or 2 years imprisonment, further 6 years imprisonment suspended for 5 years.

Charges were dropped against the two co-accused.

The fines have subsequently been paid by the accused and they have since been declared undesirable persons and ordered to leave the country immediately at own cost.

Fouche, Pretorius and Fourie will be appearing at the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 23 July.