A SERIAL offender with 14 previous convictions, including three for possession of perlemoen, was yesterday sentenced to two years in prison after he was again found in possession of the endangered species.
Ashley Rudd, 43, was arrested by Port Elizabeth police last month while trying to discard a bag which contained 10kg of perlemoen, with a street value of R10000.
While Rudd admitted to carrying the bag, he denied he had been part of the poaching process. He was arrested on Old Seaview Road on February 7 after police received a tip-off and followed the vehicle Rudd was a passenger in.
Rudd, from Uitenhage, testified yesterday he had been offered R200 to carry the bag.
Although he was aware that the two men who gave him the bag were perlemoen poachers he was not aware of the bag's contents, he said.
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