Wildlife crime convictions

March 2018

Name: Josephy Nkhoma
Nationality: Malawian
Charges: Possession and dealing of a listed species – elephant ivory
Sentence: 3 years, 4 months in jail on both counts, to run concurrently
Sentencing date: March 7, 2018.
Josephy Nkhoma was arrested on December 12, 2017 in Mzimba. He was found with 4.435kg of elephant ivory, valued at MK6,563,800. Sentenced at Mzimba Magistrates Court.

Name: Organ Chilulu
Nationality: Malawian
Charges: Possession and dealing of a listed species – elephant ivory
Sentence: 2 years with IHL on both counts, to run concurrently
Sentencing date: March 7, 2018.
Organ Chilulu was arrested on October 27, 2017 in Mzimba. He was found with 3.05kg of elephant ivory, valued at MK4,515,000. Sentenced at Mzimba Magistrate Court..

Name: Madalisto Chikho
Nationality: Malawian
Charges: Possession of a listed species – elephant ivory
Sentence: MK350,000 fine in default of 12 months
Sentencing date: March 15, 2018.
Madalisto Chikho was arrested on July 10, 2017 in Blantyre. He was found with 0.7kg of elephant ivory, valued at MK1,220,000. Sentenced at Blantyre Magistrate Court.


Name: Jafali Gunde
Nationality: Malawian
Charges: Possession of a listed species – elephant bones
Sentence: 18 months with IHL
Sentencing date: March 22, 2018.
Jafali Gunde, 41, was arrested on March 10, 2018 in Lilongwe. He was found with elephant bones. Sentenced at Lilongwe Magistrates Court. 

Name: McDonnie Siwande
Nationality: Malawian
Charges: Possession and dealing of a listed species – elephant tusks
Sentence: 2 years with IHL on both counts, to run concurrently
Sentencing date: March 22, 2018.
McDonnie Siwande was arrested on February 2, 2018 in Lilongwe. He was found with 4.33kg of elephant tusks, valued at MK3,524,620. Sentenced at Lilongwe Magistrate Court.

Name: Kennedy Ten
Nationality: Malawian
Charges: Possession and dealing of a listed species – elephant ivory
Sentence: 13 years with IHL on both counts, served consecutively
Sentencing date: March 28, 2018.
Kennedy Ten, 42, was arrested on January 19, 2018 in Kasungu. He was found with 7.4kg of elephant ivory, valued at MK10,360,000. Prosecuted by Zagazaga. Sentenced at Kasungu Magistrate Court.


Name: Byson Mgongola
Nationality: Malawian
Charges: Possession of endangered species – hippo teeth
Sentence: MK50,000 in default of 12 months
Sentencing date: March 30, 2018.
Byson Ngongola, 24, was arrested on March 24, 2018 in Liwonde. He was found with 3.49kg of hippo teeth.  Sentenced at Liwonde Magistrate Court.


April 2018

Name: Sanjay Vachan 
Nationality: Malawian
Charges: Possession of listed species – elephant ivory
Sentence: MK22,792,000 fine
Sentencing date: April 16, 2018.
Sanjay Vachan was arrested on April 13, 2017 in Mapanga. He was found with 11 pieces of processed ivory, valued at MK22,700,920. Sentenced at Blantyre Magistrate Court.

 


June 2018

Name: Happy Ng'oma and Mc Donald Jere
Nationality: Malawian
Charges: Possession of and dealing in listed species – elephant ivory
Sentence: Ng'oma: Six years IHL; Jere: 24 months in jail, suspended to 12 months.
Sentencing date: June 25th, 2018.
The two were arrested in February 2018 in Mpherembe trading centre in Mzimba District. They were found with two piece of ivory, weighing 1.6kg and valued at MK1,546,600. Sentenced at Mzuzu Magistrate Court.

 

July 2018

Name: Antonio Domingo, Bateromeo Rozario, Alumando Wyson
Nationality: Mozambican
Charges: Possession of and dealing in listed species – live pangolin
Sentence: Each sentenced to four years imprisonment with hard labour
Sentencing date: July 4th, 2018.
The three were arrested on June 27th 2018 in Lizulu trading centre in Ntcheu District. They were found with one live pangolin, which was in good health and subsequently released into a national park. Sentenced at Ntcheu Magistrate Court.

 

Name: Abdallah Sibambe
Nationality: DRC 
Charges: Possession of and dealing in listed species – elephant ivory
Sentence: Three years imprisonment with hard labour
Sentencing date: July 30th, 2018.
Arrested on May 9th 2018 in Mkanda trading centre in Mchinji District. Found with 8 pieces of ivory, weighing 23.6kg. Sentenced at Mchinji Magistrate Court.

 

Name: Richard Phiri, Eliza Mtonga, Gideon Ngwenya
Nationality: Zambian
Charges: Possession of and dealing in listed species – elephant ivory
Sentence: 1st accused: 12 months imprisonment (suspended); 2nd and 3rd accused: 4 years on count of possession and 12 months on count of dealing, to run concurrently.
Sentencing date: July 9th, 2018.
The two were arrested in April 2018 in Jenda in Mzimba District. They were found with 16 pieces of ivory. Sentenced at Mzimba Magistrate Court.