Rumphi First Grade Magistrate’s Court on Thursday sentenced 45-year-old woman Baleke Kayira to five years and six months imprisonment for illegal possession of six rounds of live ammunition and a quantity of eland meat without a permit.
Prosecutor Paul Phiri told the court that Kayira was arrested on 8 June in the Gamba area of Chitipa district during a search operation in communities surrounding Nyika National Park.
According to Phiri, the police recovered six live ammunitions and the portion of eland meat.
Eland, a type of antelope native to Malawi, is protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act.
Kayira was charged with two counts of illegal possession of live ammunitions and specimen of endangered game species contrary to section 12(1) of the Fire Arms Act and sections 86(1) of National Parks and Wildlife Act respectively.
Kayira pleaded guilty to both counts.
In mitigation, the case for the defence asked for leniency on the basis that Kayira was a first-time offender.
The state requested for a stiff penalty to deter would-be offenders from killing protected animal species.
Presiding Magistrate, Cuthbert Phiri sentenced Kayira to five years and six months on the first count and five years on the second count. Both sentences will run concurrently.