Python killer in court

Tendai Gukutikwa Weekender Correspondent —
FOR contravening the Parks and Wildlife Management Act after killing a python, an Odzi man has been arraigned before the courts.

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Kudzanai Rutsenza (34) of Alma Farm denied the charges of killing the python worth $2 000 when he appeared before Mr Poterai Gwezhira.

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He was being charged with contravening Section 45(b) as read with Section 128 of the Parks and Wildlife Act, Chapter 20:14.

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Public prosecutor, Mr Brian Goto, told the court that the suspect saw a python lying beside a goats’ pen at his sister’s homestead.

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The reptile which had already swallowed a goat could not move.

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It was alleged that Rutsenza made efforts to contact officials from Parks and Wildlife Department who took too long to arrive at the scene.

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He then killed the python and partially burnt it and went further to bury it.

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When officials from the Parks and Wildlife department arrived at the scene, they were told that the python had already been killed.

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They, however, located the place where it was buried, exhumed it and took it to their offices.

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Rutsenza surrendered himself to the police thereafter. The matter was adjourned to January 20 for trial.

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He was remanded out of custody. Responding to the allegations, Rutsenza said it was his duty to kill the reptile as his family was in danger.

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“Your Worship, if only the officials from the Parks and Wildlife Department had come in time, I would not have killed it. I only killed it to protect my family,” he said.