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Dema man tries to sell snakes to CID detectives

A MAN from Dema, Seke District in Mashonaland East Province, was arrested after he attempted to sell a cobra and a green mamba to “clients” who in actual fact were undercover detectives from the CID Flora and Fauna unit.

The man, Hebert Gorimbo (38), was charged with violating the Parks and Wildlife Act after being found in possession of a cobra and a green mamba.

He has since been sentenced to perform 106 hours of community service for trying to sell the live and poisonous reptiles.

Gorimbo pleaded guilty when he appeared before Harare provincial magistrate Tafadzwa Miti on Thursday, who sentenced him to three months in prison.

However, Miti wholly suspended the three months imprisonment on the condition he performs the community service, starting on 10 January.

According to the State outline, on 5 January 2022, detectives from the CID Flora and Fauna section received information that Gorimbo was in possession of snakes that he intended to sell.

One of the detectives allegedly contacted Gorimbo on his mobile number pretending to be a potential buyer.

The “buyer” and Gorimbo agreed to meet in Chitungwiza where they would finalise the deal.

Gorimbo, who was in the company of one Desire Matambanadzo, emerged from the car to meet the purported buyers.

The team of detectives, who had gathered at Chitungwiza Town Centre for 30 minutes waiting for Gorimbo, agreed to buy the snakes for US$100 each and proceeded to Gorimbo’s car for viewing.

Gorimbo had stashed the black knotted cobra in white socks and placed it in the dashboard of his car, while the green mamba was in the glove compartment.

After viewing the reptiles, the detectives asked Gorimbo to produce a licence allowing him to possess the snakes.

He failed to do so and was promptly arrested.

Polite Chikiwa prosecuted.

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