Monday, 15 December 2014

London man gets 10-month suspended sentence for illegal wildlife buys

A man from London has been given a 10-month suspended sentence by Croydon Crown Court after being found guilty of purchasing illegal animal parts, including the skull of a chimpanzee and a cheetah skin.

Peter Prineas, aged 52, was investigated by the Metropolitan Police's (Met) Wildlife Crime Unit when they discovered he bought the cheetah skin on an online site.

A search of his home revealed farther illegal purchases including a drill skull, a leaf monkey skull, four chimpanzee skulls, a leopard's skin, a lion claw, a killer whale tooth, a sperm whale tooth, and other specimens protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Prineas pleaded guilty to six counts of evading any duty/prohibition/restriction/provision under Customs and Excise Management Act 1979, two counts of purchasing/offering to purchase/selling/keeping for sale a specimen of species listed in Annex A of COTES, and one count of acquiring/using/possessing criminal property, at an earlier hearing.

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