By Adam Hartman
Two men caught poaching at night on a farm near Omaruru last month were sentenced in the Omaruru Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
The two men, Clinton Malander (31) and Greffe Kubas (33) shot two oryx in the dark morning hours (between 03h00 and 05h00) on Farm Fells. They were intercepted by the police while travelling with the carcasses to Omaruru. Each was charged on a count of the illegal hunting of huntable game, and illegal hunting by night.
Malander, who works for Rio Tinto Rössing Uranium, was given a heavier sentence because he is a repeat offender. Last year he was also found guilty of poaching. Yesterday he was sent to prison for ten months on the first count and fined N$500 or two months in prison on the second count.
Because he was a repeat offender, his Ford Ranger bakkie was also forfeited to the state.
As for Kubas, who was a first-time offender, he was sentenced to six months imprisonment or pay a fine of N$1 000 on the first count, and two months imprisonment or N$500 fine on the second count.