Tried to sell elephant tusks

Trio to make formal bail applications on 19 September

Floris Steenkamp

The three Walvis Bay residents who were nabbed over the weekend for trying to sell two elephant tusks to undercover police officers will have to wait to 19 September to make formal bail applications.

Dirk Vermeulen (51) and Edgar Clarke (41) were arrested over the weekend at Gracemeare flats in Fairways Estate in Walvis Bay after two elephants tusks were found in their possession. They appeared in the magistrate’s court on Monday for the alleged contravention of Section 4(1) (a) and (b) of Act 9 of 2008 (as amended in 2009).
On Monday a third suspect, Michael Lusse (60), was arrested. Lusse appeared in court on the same charges on Tuesday.
The magistrate ordered the three suspects to remain in custody, pending a formal bail application on 19 September. Vermeulen is represented by lawyer Mr Ugéne Thomas. Clarke is represented by L Heyman. Lusse is represented by Esta Steyn.

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