Man Gets 5 Years in Prison For Possessing Elephant Tusk in Kenya

A man was on Thursday sentenced to five years in prison for being in possession of an elephant tusk in Kenya.

The convict, Hillary Biwot Lagat, was found guilty of being in possession of the game trophy in 2018. The court did not give him an option of fine.

During his trial, the court heard that the 26-year-old was found with the tusk on October 19, 2010 on the Sipili–Kinamba without a permit.

On Thursday, Nyahururu Chief Magistrate Charles Obulutsa said there was no doubt that Lagat was found with the tusks based on evidence presented before the court.

“This court is satisfied with the evidence that have been submitted by the prosecution this is after having looked at the submissions from both the prosecution and accused person.

“The prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and the court proceed to convict the accused as charged,” said the magistrate while delivering the ruling.

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