Trial date set for rhino horn accused

2012-01-20 17:45

Johannesburg - The trial of a Free State game farmer and two Thai men accused of hunting rhino and exporting their horns to South East Asia will proceed in June.

The date was set when Marnus Steyl, out on R100 000 bail, and Chumlong Lemthongthai appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Friday.

The second Thai man, Punpitak Chunchom, was not brought from Boksburg Prison in time for the court appearance and was expected to appear on his own later on Friday.

Lemthongthai is being held in Modderbee Prison.

He and Chunchom face charges of contravening the Customs and Excise Act and of fraud.

Magistrate Prince Manyathi said the trial would be held between June 4 and 15.

Steyl appeared flustered by the media attention and cameras. He looked in front of him throughout his brief appearance.

In court to watch the proceedings was a delegation from the South African Revenue Service.

Their interest is in the alleged violation of the Customs Act through the movement of rhino horn from South Africa and Thailand to Laos.

  • sachasea - 2012-01-20 18:19

    Great to see some of the 'big boys' finally getting nailed for their heinous and thoroughly despicable activities. It's still a shame that it's taken so long for the government to start taking solid action against these misfits. People power and pressure, without it nothing gets done.

  • Neville - 2012-01-20 18:26

    Lock them up and throw the keys away , killing the poor animals

  • Nectarios - 2012-01-20 18:55

    Take the Rhino Horn that they cut from the poor animal and killed it, & shove it up their bums with it, Make sure their hands are tied up, and let them have a slow death. If they survive, they will NEVER do it again. I am sorry, but this whole storry has made me really angry. I too want my Grandchildren to see these wonderful animals for years and years to come, not to say once upon a time there used to be an animal called a Rhinoserous, know what I mean. I don't see the Government doing anything about it, Is it maybe somehow, they might be involved in this??? Very Very Suspicious if you ask me.

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-01-20 19:43

    Cut their horns off too see how they like it. Seriously....this Rhino killing must stop. The Dinks need to get a reality check. For such a smart race they sure can be stupid. The rest is greed, one of the 7 deadly sins.

  • Chappies ZA - 2012-01-20 23:00

    Why dont they use our special forces for a month to flatten all these poachers!! It will be great test or our defense force to show their steel

  • Lizette Louw Versteegh - 2012-01-20 23:29

    Let's see if justice will be done this time. Are these gready monsters going to be wrapped over the knuckels as usual, or will the people in our justice system prove that they have the 'apples' to make an example of these losers?

  • Dean - 2012-01-23 09:30

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