“I am satisfied the prosecution adduced all circumstantial evidence available to against the accused person. This court finds Feisal Mohamed Ali guilty of being in possession of wildlife trophies and convict him accordingly,” said Shanzu Principal Magistrate Ms Diana Mochache.

The other five co-accused Abdul Halim Sadiq, Ghalib Sadiq, Noor Mohamed and Abdul-majeed Ibrahim were acquitted due to lack of evidence.

In sentencing Feisal, Mochache said poaching has become a menace in the country and of international concern.

She noted that the rate at which elephants are being killed in Kenya is worrying and that if something is not done the future generations will only of the existence of the elephants and other endangered animals.

Ms Mochache observed that does not have to wear genuine elephant ornament in order to make a statement noting that counterfeits are equally attractive and would serve the same purpose.

“In Kenya all we have is human resource and animals as farming is no longer a reliable source of income and contributor to the economy. We take pride in our elephants that we have tagged them as the Big Five,”said the magistrate

“To bring to an end the mass massacre of elephants the courts must keep away those who encourage the heinous crimes through trade and that offence committed by Feisal Ali is serious” observed Mochache.

Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecution Alexander Mutiti leading the ODPP team had told the court that the offence serious and urged the court mete out a deterrent and stringent sentence.

“Kenya has a duty to ensure we have a sustainable development and I ask you to consider imposing the maximum sentence,” Muteti urged the court.

The six had been accused of being in possession of 314 pieces of ivory weighing 2,152kilograms valued at Sh 44million.

Ends.

Mombasa, Friday July 22, 2016, By Hilary Mongera