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Zimbabwean man handed 9 years for killing python

Elvis Khoza has been sentenced to nine years in jail for killing the one of the country’s protected species.

Picture: Morgue File.com

JOHANNESBURG - A man in Zimbabwe has been sent to jail for nine years for killing a python and hanging its skin on his dining room wall.

Stiff sentences are being handed down on those found guilty of possessing or killing pythons, pangolins and other endangered animals.

Pythons are a protected species in Zimbabwe, and killing them attracts a heavy sentence.

The Chronicle is reporting that 46-year old Elvis Khoza will spend the next nine years in jail.

Police, acting on a tip-off, found the four-meter long python skin hanging on the wall of his home in Shabula Village.

Khoza said he killed the snake because it had been attacking his livestock.

Last year, a businessman in the east of the country was sent to jail for nine years after he confessed to eating python meat to heal his back pain.