Chinese couple's rhino horn case rolled over

2017-02-01 20:12
The contents of the backpack which includes processed rhino horn and ivory. (Supplied: Hawks)

The contents of the backpack which includes processed rhino horn and ivory. (Supplied: Hawks)

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Cape Town – Two Chinese nationals who returned to a restaurant to claim a backpack with processed rhino horn and ivory made a brief appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Their case was rolled over to Thursday for a possible plea agreement.

The pair, aged 24 and 27, were wining and dining at a restaurant in Hout Bay on Sunday night and apparently forgot the backpack, spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha said.

They returned on Monday afternoon to claim it.

"The seemingly oblivious duo were then directed to the nearby police station where the parcel was handed in for safekeeping."

The Hawks' organised crime endangered species unit arrested the two on the spot. They were charged with unlawful possession of rhino horn and ivory.

The loot had an estimated street value of just over R60 000.

Read more on:    cape town  |  crime  |  rhino poaching

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