A Hwange court on Wednesday sentenced a poacher to more than 14 years in prison for poisoning and killing elephants with cyanide, the fourth such conviction in the country in a month.
The court also found Akim Masuku, 26, guilty of illegal possession of ivory, handing down a total jail term of 15-and-a-half years, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority said in a statement.
Masuku, of Akim Masuku of Chezhou Village, Dete, was once convicted and sentenced to a suspended six months in prison for illegal hunting in February this year.
Hwange regional magistrate Rose Dube brought that sentence into effect as he violated the conditions.
He still faces separate charges for cyanide possession and for contravening environmental laws, which he denies.
An accomplice Normal Ncube, 19, was remanded in custody to 30 October after he pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The two were found with 13 elephant tusks on their arrest on Sunday. The court heard that sometime last month, Masuku applied cyanide to watering points for animals, killing 10 of them along with two hyenas and 12 vultures.
Three other suspected poachers Farai Chitsa,34, and brothers Sipho Mafu, 54, and Misheck Mafu, 46, were supposed to go on trial on Monday but the Prison department failed to transport them from Khami remand to Hwange. More....