Gecko smuggling sentence welcomed

A jail sentence handed down to a German visitor who pleaded guilty to possessing New Zealand geckos has been welcomed by the Wildlife Enforcement Group.

Manfred Walter Bachmann, a 55-year-old engineer living in Kampala, Uganda, was today sentenced in Christchurch District Court to 15 weeks in jail for his role in a wildlife smuggling venture.

He was caught with 16 protected jewelled geckos in his backpack in February and pleaded guilty to the Wildlife Act charges at his first court appearance.

Co-accused Swiss national Thomas Price today pleaded guilty to possessing absolutely protected wildlife, and Spaniard Gustavo Toldedo-Albarrans pleaded guilty to hunting absolutely protected wildlife.

Read full story HERE.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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