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TURTLE KILLERS FINED AT HALF WAY TREE PARISH COURT



National Environment and Planning Agency | 2018-09-25 11:02:00

Michael Harris and Clive McNuff were each fined fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) for breaches under the Wildlife Protection Act (WLPA) when they appeared in the Half Way Tree Parish Court on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

The men were filmed killing a turtle at 9 Miles Bull Bay, in St Andrew on June 6, 2018. Previously, the defendants pleaded guilty to hunting a protected animal (WLPA section 6) and possessing the whole or any part of a protected animal (WLPA section 6A).

During July 2018, Harris and McNuff were arrested, charged and 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 (C-TOC) 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 under the WLPA. Under section 6 of the WLPA, individuals found guilty of hunting or in possession (whole or part) of any protected animal are liable to pay a maximum fine of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) 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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