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Monday, March 29, 2010

Two tourists jailed in New Zealand for theft of rare geckos - endangered species......

Tuatara, Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellington...Image by PhillipC via Flickr
Two tourists jailed in New Zealand  for theft of rare geckos - endangered species...







Swiss stockbroker Thomas Price and Mexican chef Gustavo Toledo-Albarran have been jailed for 18 weeks over theft of rare geckos.


Two men who admitted their part in the theft of 16 rare jewelled geckos have both been sent to jail for 18 weeks.



Swiss stockbroker Thomas Price and Mexican chef Gustavo Toledo-Albarran were both sentenced in the Christchurch District Court this afternoon for taking and possessing protected wildlife.



Judge Raoul Neave told the pair to consider themselves lucky, as if he was able to impose a more serious penalty he would.



The maximum term for the offences is six months in jail. Judge Neave started at the maximum term but gave Price and Toledo-Albarran a reduction for their early guilty pleas. He told the court there is endangered wildlife all over the world and what the pair did was no different to the actions of ivory hunters.



The pair's co-accused Manfred Bachmann was jailed for 15 weeks earlier this month.




Acknowledgements: © 2010 NZCity, NewsTalkZB




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