Staff reporter

Bumthang court convicted two men with a non-compoundable sentence for poaching and killing a musk deer at Wangchuk Centennial National Park in Bumthang in October last year.

The men from Sephu in Wangdue, aged 30 and 38, were found making musk deer trap at Gangtseza and Labi and had killed a musk deer in the trap they made.

The defendants in the court confessed to the crime. They appealed that this was their first time. They pledged that they will not repeat and pleaded the court to pardon them.

The 30-year-old has been sentenced to three years and three months in prison.

The 38-year-old was convicted to four years 11 months and 29 days, as he was a repeat offender. He was involved in a similar poaching case in 2016.

He was released on bail last year, but he did not report to the court nor his guarantor could not trace him. He was convicted in absentia.

The court has issued an arrest warrant to police stations across the country

The musk pod has been seized from them.

A joint patrolling team of foresters and security forces intercepted them last year while they were exiting the park from Chhoekheor gewog.