Man fined for illegal exotic game sale

2008-07-10 00:00

Henry Jacobs of Greytown, also known as "Jakkals", who admitted to 14 charges of contravening wildlife regulations and making false representations to Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) in order to obtain permits for the capture and transport of game, has been fined R25 000 or 15 months’ imprisonment.

An additional R22 400 or 14 months’ imprisonment was conditionally suspended for five years.

In terms of a plea agreement, 23 fallow deer illegally imported into KZN and sold by Jacobs in 2006 were forfeited to the state.

In addition, all licences or permits issued to Jacobs under the Natal Conservation Ordinance were cancelled and he is declared ineligible to obtain new licences or permits for a period of two years.

Three of the charges were for illegally importing 23 fallow deer, listed as exotic animals, from the Eastern Cape into KZN on December 19, 2006, for selling the deer to Wessel Wilken for R40 000 and for transporting them to the buyer without a permit.

Seven other charges were for making false declarations to EKZNW for the purpose of obtaining capture permits.

Another three counts were for the illegal capture of protected reedbuck at Mooi River and at Karkloof, and one for the illegal transportation of game at Mount Curry.

In terms of the agreement, the fines may be paid in installments of R2 000 per month.

The plea agreement states that the "seriousness of the crime is realised and emphasised by all parties".

The extenuating circumstances are that Jacobs is a first offender, that he has no other source of income other than Umdlovane Game Capture, that he has secured employment with another game capture outfit, that he is divorced and pays maintenance and no one, other than Jacobs, suffered any financial loss as a result of his crimes.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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