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Pangolin dealer in court

Midlands Correspondent
A midlands man was recently dragged to court after being found in possession of a pangolin.
The man, Trykosi Hove (41) of Mwenezi in Sovelele area, appeared before Gweru magistrate Judith Taruvinga but, however, pleaded not guilty.

Circimstances surrounding the matter are that on 3 April this year, Hove brought a live pangolin from Gokwe and kept it in Chirumanzu.

On 14 April, Alfred Dimingu, a Parks and Wildlife officer, and Lovemore Sikwiliti of Antelope Game received information that Hove was in possession and selling a pangolin in Mkoba 11.

The two game scouts then went to the house posing as buyers and they were received by Idie Chitani who indicated thatA� the pangolin was at Greenville plots in Chirumanzu.

She escorted the two to Chirumanzu where she asked them to wait by the gate while she went inside to collect the pangolin.

Hove then came out of the homestead together with Chitani and Elias Towori carrying the pangolin in a white plastic bucket.

Upon seeing the pangolin, the game scouts produced their identification but they only managed to arrest Chitani as Towori and Hove ran away.

Hove was arrested on 15 April and was taken to Mtapa Police Station.

The pangolin was valued at $5 000 and was produced in court as an exhibit. The trial continues.