Perlemoen poaching kingpin pleads guilty

Perlemoen poaching kingpin Morne Blignaut has been convicted on two charges of racketeering and a charge of contravening the protection of living marine resources on Wednesday in the Port Elizabeth High Court.

Pictured Morne Blignaut with his defence Alwyn Griebenow
Picture Eugene Coetzee/The Herald

Blignaut pleaded guilty to all three charges on Monday after earlier denying guilt.
Passing down judgement Judge Dayalin Chetty said the state had established the case beyond reasonable doubt.

“No further evidence is required,” Chetty said.

On Monday a statement by state witness Brett Killian was submitted to the court incriminating Blignaut beyond reasonable doubt Chetty found.

Killian’s statement gave a detailed description of the operations of Blignaut and his former co-accused illegal enterprise.

Blignaut’s five former co-accused including his ex-wife Marshelle pleaded guilty to a string of charges in August. They will be sentenced on September 19.


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