Tue | Jun 25, 2019

Turtle killers fined $50,000

Published:Friday | September 21, 2018 | 5:00 PM

Michael Harris and Clive McNuff were each fined $50,000 for breaches under the Wildlife Protection Act when they appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday.

The men were filmed killing a turtle at 9 Miles, Bull Bay, St Andrew on June 6, 2018.

They had pleaded guilty to hunting a protected animal and possessing the whole or any part of a protected animal.

Harris and McNuff were arrested and charged in July and later taken to court where they were granted bail with surety in the sum of $100,000 following an investigation undertaken by the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch.

Miguel Nelson, Manager, Enforcement Branch, NEPA, praised the work of the JCF in the matter.

He said, “Wildlife crimes are difficult to investigate because there is usually no complainant, and witnesses are unwilling to come forward. The high-level investigation by the JCF in this particular case guaranteed success.”

NEPA is reminding the public that turtles are protected and individuals found guilty of hunting or being in possession, whole or part, of the animal are liable to pay a maximum fine of $100,000 or face a term of imprisonment not exceeding twelve months.

The agency is encouraging the public to continue to report any potential breaches of Jamaica’s environmental laws to NEPA by calling 876-754-7540, or toll-free 888-991-5005.

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