High Court dismisses appeal on possession of wildlife trophy
The High Court has dismissed an appeal by two individuals sentenced to serve a seven-year imprisonment or pay a fine of Sh1 million each for being in possession of wildlife trophy without a valid license from Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) by a magistrate’s court in 2015.
The accused, Joseph Kibet Langat and Ms Jackline Kipkirui, pleaded with the court to dismiss or reduce the sentence imposed on them in July 2015.
Kibet told the court he had a heart problem that needs frequent medication, which he could not get if he was held behind bars. He also added that his mother suffers from high blood pressure and that she depends on him to provide basic needs.
He also confessed to having refrained from illegal activities and promised to volunteer as a wildlife conservator once released.
Ms Kipkirui appealed on grounds that she is a single mother of three and she is worried about the fate of her children.
However, Narok High Court Judge Justice Justus Momanyi Bwonwonga dismissed the appeal on the grounds that the appellant did not prove that he does not get the relevant treatment in prison.
However, the judge in his ruling said he has no jurisdiction to suspend the jail sentence and therefore the appellants would serve the sentence imposed earlier.
The duo had been charged that on May 27, 2014, at Itembe trading centre in Longisa area in Bomet County, they were found in possession of an elephant tusk weighing 8 kgs, worth Sh800, 000 and two pieces hippopotamus teeth worth Sh60,000.