A British bases (SBA) court jailed a 24-year-old man for three months after he was found guilty of illegal possession of game and poaching.
The man, from Dhasaki Ahnas, Famagusta, was found guilty on three counts relating to: illegal possession of 182 songbirds, seven hares, five partridges, 17 thrushes, 42 skylarks, and 14 quails.
The court sentenced him to three months in jail for possession of the songbirds, three months for possession of the other game, and one month for killing two hares illegally.
The sentences will run concurrently.
It is the first jail sentence handed down by an SBA court in relation with the possession of songbirds, or ambelopoulia as they are known locally, an SBA police spokesman said.
“We want to convey the message that poaching is a serious offence and SBA police will display zero tolerance and will continue its campaign to stamp out the phenomenon,” Andreas Pitsillides said.
The spokesman said the man was arrested in May last year after officers found the birds and hares during a search of his home.
“During questioning he admitted killing two hares in a game reserve area,” Andreas Pitsillides said.