According to the lower court records, the appellant stood charged with the offence of unlawful possession of government trophy. He was found guilty, convicted and sentenced to 10 years jail imprisonment. The High Court allowed the appeal, quashed the conviction and set aside the sentence.
The appellant was stood charged with the offence of unlawful possession of government trophy c/s 170 (1) and (2) of the Wildlife Conservation Act. No. 12 of 1974 read together with para 15 of the 1st Schedule and section 59 (2) of the Economic and Organized Crimes Act No. 13 of 1992 of 1984 as amended by Act No. 3 of 1992.
The appellants were alleged to have been found in the Tarangire National Park in unlawful possession of three swala pala meat valued at Tshs 1,813,500/-, three did-dik meat valued at Tshs 1,162,500/- and three reedbuck meat valued at Tshs 2,092,500/- all valued at Tsh 5,068,500/- the property of Tanzania Government.
On 11.01.2010 at Meserani Duka Bovu area within Monduli District in Arusha the accused was found in unlawful possession of six dik-dik meat values at USD 260, one impala meat valued at USD 170 and Tommy gazelle meat valued at USD 140 property of the Tanzania Government.
The accused and two others on and about 11st December 2011 at Mererani within Simanjiro District in Manyara region were found in possession of government trophies valued at Tshs. 9,024,000/= without a valid license from authorized authority.
On 10th July 2014 at Marerani-Kilimahewa within Simanjiro District, Manyara region, the accused was found in unlawful possession of two impala meat valued at 780 USD equivalent to Tshs. 1,248,000/= and two dik-dik meat valued at 500 USD equivalent to Tshs. 800,000/= both being properties of Tanzania.
On 24.01.2014 at Landman village within Simanjoto District, Arusha region, the accused person was found with unlawful possession of dik-dik meat by Anti-Poaching Unit. The Unit while in the routine patrol suspected the accused to be in possession of wild meat, upon being followed the accused ran away.
The accused on 30th day of November 2013 at Owiro village within Arumeru District and Region of Arusha were found in unlawful possession of three dik-dik carcasses. The accused persons were found not guilty and were therefore acquitted.