Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Rhino poaching suspect commits suicide

Rhino poaching suspect commits suicide
2010-11-09 23:08

Related Links
Rhino farm 'a slaughterhouse'
Alleged rhino poachers due in court
'Rhino poachers' held in Limpopo
Marietie Louw-Carstens, Beeld
Johannesburg - A man who was allegedly involved in the illegal sale of rhino horns in Limpopo killed himself on Tuesday night.

Tommy Fourie, 51, from a farm in the Musina district, committed suicide just after 19:00.

Fourie had allegedly sold 36 rhino horns illegally to Jacques Els, a game farmer from Thabazimbi.

Police spokesperson Ronel Otto confirmed on Tuesday night that Fourie had shot himself. He had apparently gone to a hill near the farmstead late in the afternoon.

Beeld has learned that he shot himself with a hunting rifle, after he phoned a friend and told him of his plan.

The Musina police were still on their way to the scene late on Tuesday.

Sale of horns

Fourie appeared in the Musina Magistrate’s Court early in September charged with the illegal sale of 36 rhino horns.

He was released on R5 000 bail.

Els also appeared in the Musina Magistrate’s Court last month and was released on R30 000 bail. Fourie would have appeared in court again along with Els on January 28.

Investigators into a rhino poaching syndicate, of which 11 suspected members were arrested in September, said Fourie and Els are not involved with the group, yet Beeld sources said they are part of the syndicate.

Dawie Groenewald, the suspected mastermind, his wife and two vets from Modimolle are among the 11 suspected members of the syndicate.

Read more on: poaching polokwane

1 comment: