Rhino poacher jailed for 23 years


FIVE years after he was arrested, a Mozambican rhino poacher has been sentenced to 23 years in jail by a South African court.

Alsony Alberto Valoyi (50) was convicted by the Skukuza Regional Court after he pleaded guilty.

Valoyi pleaded guilty and was sentenced for the following crimes:

  • Trespassing in the Skukuza National Park:
  • Contravention of the Immigration Act: One year. 
  • Possession of firearm with an intent to commit crime: Five years.
  • Possession of an unlicensed ammunition: Two years.
  • Possession of a dangerous weapon: One year.
  • Possession of 6 rhino horns: 15 years.

According to the National Prosecutions Authority, Valoyi and his co-accused, Siyabonga Freedom Ndlovu, were arrested in 2016 around the Stolznek section of the Kruger National Park by rangers. 

Valoyi’s trial was separated from that of Ndlovu, whose trial will start on September 20.


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