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Trio sentenced for abalone surpassing R970 000-00
2021/11/25

 

Media Statement
Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS) 

 

PRETORIA – The Hawks Acting Provincial Head in the Western Cape, Brigadier Mushavhaduvha Ramovha welcomed the conviction and sentences against three accused Feng Zhu (50), Zhou Wang Feng (47) and  Richard Rayson (33) handed down by the at Khayelitsha Regional Court on Monday, 22 November 2021.

The trio were arrested for the possession of 4600 units of abalone, which included 1098 units cooked abalone, 1858 units of wet abalone and 1644 units of dried abalone, worth an approximate value of R 972 484-00 on the 12 May 2020.

They pleaded guilty of on Landing, Selling, receiving or possession of abalone, operating a fish processing establishment without Right,  all in contravention of the Marine Living Resources Act, Act 18 of 1998 as well as contravening the Immigration Act 13 of 2002.

The court found them guilty on all charges and Zhu was ordered to pay R100 000.00 into the Criminal Asset Recovery Account (CARA), whilst Zhou Wang will pay R 14 620.00 into CARA. The abalone and equipment that were seized were forfeited to the state.

Zhu and Zhou Wang were each sentenced to two years imprisonment for selling and receiving or possession of abalone. A further two years wholly suspended for operating an illegal fish processing establishment and an additional term of four (4) months imprisonment for contravening the Immigration Act.

Meanwhile Richard Rayson was only sentenced to a term of twelve (12) months imprisonment wholly suspended for a period of five (5) years for contravening the Immigration Act and was handed over to the Department of Home Affairs Immigration Section at Khayelitsha Regional court for deportation purposes.

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