Man caged 9 years for being found in possession of ivory

A 51-YEAR-OLD Concession man on Wednesday was found guilty of unlawful possession of unmarked raw ivory and was slapped with an effective nine-year jail sentence.

Accused, Tomuson Fradric Jamu, was sentenced to nine years in prison after he appeared before Learnmore Mapiye at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts.

On November 1, 2019, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department, Minerals, Flora and Fauna Unit, Harare, received information that the accused, who was at the Avondale Flea Market, was in possession of raw ivory.

The detectives noticed Jamu carrying a navy blue satchel, walking towards the car park.

They (detectives) stopped the accused person, requested to search the satchel and accused complied.

Jamu was found in possession of five pieces of ivory in his bag.

He was asked to produce a permit or licence which authorised him to possess unmarked raw ivory, but he failed to do so, leading to his arrest.

The ivory was weighed and valued by Parks and Wildlife Management officials in the presence of the accused.

It weighed 4.155 kilogrammes and was valued at ZWL706.35.