Kunene rhino poachers back in court on different charges

Kunene rhino poachers back in court on different charges
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The four men who were recently imprisoned for rhino poaching in the Kunene Region, appeared in the Opuwo Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on different charges of poaching. They are 30-year-old Samuel Gideon, 34-year-old Ndume Johannes Nakakuwa, 28-year-old Uaparakana Kapuree and Maverukiruakuune Tjiyazembua, who is 22. The four were on Friday sentenced to 11 years and six months behind bars each after they were found guilty of poaching activities committed last year.
A fifth accused, 22-year-old Benjamin Shikongo, maintains his innocence in the first case and his case is ongoing. He is now also implicated in poaching activities in 2014.
State Prosecutor Aubrey Ndlovu explained that the firearm they used in poaching activities last year was taken for a ballistic test. It was found that the same firearm was used in a poaching incident in 2014. Magistrate Leena Iyambo postponed the case to the 16th of December for further investigation and for the accused to obtain legal representation. All accused persons remain in police custody.