Suspected poacher released on warning

A pensioner was found in possession of five pieces of elephant horn, a suspected rhino horn and live ammunition.

29 December 2020 | Crime

Erastus Iikuyu; Crime investigation coordinator; “After the suspect’s house was identified, the search was carried out…”

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Albertus le Roux (69) made his first appearance in the Swakopmund magistrate’s court on Monday for allegedly being in possession of controlled wildlife products and live ammunition.

The contraband was discovered during a police search. The find included five pieces of elephant horn and a suspected old rhino horn.

Magistrate Conchita Olivier explained his rights to legal representation to the accused.

State prosecutor Cleopatra Boois informed the magistrate that the accused’s attorney was not ready to be in court at the time.

“Mr Wessels contacted me this morning and stated that he is not dressed for court,” said Boois.

Le Roux was subsequently given a warning and released from custody with several conditions attached, one of which requires him to report to the police station every Friday between 08:00 and 20:00.

The accused must also surrender his Namibian and South African passports to the investigation officer. Should he wish to leave the Swakopmund district, he must also inform the investigation officer.

The case was postponed to 25 February 2021 for further investigations to be conducted.

“You are warned to appear in the courtroom again and remain in attendance for the proceedings of the offence that you are charged with in this matter. Should you fail to do this, a warrant for your arrest may be issued,” Olivier said.

According to crime investigations coordinator in the Erongo region, deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the police received a tip off from a reliable source informing then of Le Roux’s alleged possession of the protected wildlife products and ammunition.

“After the suspect’s house was identified, a search was carried out and pieces of elephant tusks, a suspected rhino horn and ammunition were discovered and seized,” he said.

The seized ammunition includes 27 live bullets of a 308-calibre rifle, two bullets of a R1 automatic assault rifle (7.65 calibre) and 33 live bullets of a 22-calibre weapon.