Court refuses to free Zim Cecil hunter

via Court refuses to free Zim Cecil hunter – NewZimbabwe 20/10/2015

HWANGE magistrate court Tuesday refused a hunter’s request to drop charges against him for failing to stop the killing of Cecil the lion by an American, who just days ago was cleared by the government.

Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst has denied any wrongdoing and says his family and business have been destroyed in the wake of the lion’s death, which triggered an international outcry.

The government last week said it would not charge Walter Palmer, the American dentist who used a bow and arrow to kill Cecil, a rare, black-manned lion outside Hwange National Park.

It said Palmer’s hunting papers were in order, which angered conservationists.

A Hwange magistrate dismissed Bronkhorst’s application to have his indictment quashed, as well as his request to be allowed to ask the Constitutional Court to rule on whether his rights had been infringed upon.

His trial has been set for Nov. 20.

Prosecutors say they will call five witnesses, including the owner of the game park where Cecil was killed.

The park’s agency has said prosecutors also plan to present 13-year-old Cecil’s head in court as evidence.


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    Colleen Redfern 5 years ago

    Bronkhorst, his son and the land owner are all guilty as this hunt was planned well in advance.
    They knew exactly what they were doing which is wrong in the eyes of the world.
    Palmer was also guilty as he knew what he was doing was wrong
    Bronkhorst has not got a good reputation and is without all ethics. Do the crime you do the time.

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    C Frizell 5 years ago

    Unfortunately he suffers from committing the unforgiveable crime – of being a White Zimbabwean.

    NB – “Honest” Dube is not mentioned at all. Why? Because he is a faithful Zanoid of course

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    Ricky Bobby? 5 years ago

    C. Frizell – I didn’t know “Honest” Dube was involved in the killing of Cecil. Could you shed more light on that.

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    “Honest” Ndlovu is now a state witness. Who’s he related to?

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    Barry Groulx 5 years ago

    Close. “Honest” Ndlovu. Isn’t he Jonathan Moyo’s in-law or something? No one hunting around those Gwayi concessions is above-board.