LARNACA - A 24-year-old Cypriot man has been sentenced to three months in prison after being found guilty of poaching offences by the Dhekelia Sovereign Bases Area (SBA) Court.
It is the first ever sentence to be given by a SBA court for poaching.
According to Dhekelia SBA police spokesman Andreas Pitsillides the 24-year-old was arrested on May 22, 2013 after officers, acting on a tip-off raided his home and found 182 songbirds (ampelopoulia), seven hares, five partridges, 42 bee eaters and14 quails.
The spokesman added that the first-of-its-kind conviction is sending the clear message that poaching will not be tolerated on SBAs.
“This is the first time in the history of the SBA that someone has received a prison sentence for this type of crime. It is a serious offence for which the SBA has a zero tolerance policy.”