Men fined $50,000 for killing turtle

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September 22, 2018
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Two men were fined $50,000 for killing a turtle in Nine Miles, Bull Bay, in St Andrew.

Michael Harris and Clive McNuff were hit with the fines for breaches of the Wildlife Protection Act when they appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

The men were seen in a video killing a turtle on June 6. Following investigations by the police, the men were arrested and charged with breaches of the Wildlife Protection Act.

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Miguel Nelson, manager, enforcement branch, National Environment and Planning Agency, praised the work of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in the matter.

"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."

Individuals found guilty of hunting or in possession of any protected animal are liable to pay a maximum fine of $100,000.00 or face a term of imprisonment not exceeding 12 months.

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