LAHAD DATU - Two plantation workers became the first people to be jailed under the Sabah Wildlife Enactment for causing the death of a 15-year-old male orang utan here last month.
Sessions Court judge M. Rajalinggam sentenced the two Filipino nationals, Armil Gundil and Arcamsar Amil, to two years' imprisonment after they pleaded guilty to hunting and causing grievous hurt to animals under Section 25(3a) and 37 of the Sabah Wildlife Enactment 1997.
Sabah Wildlife Department's prosecuting officer Karim Dakog had told the court that two men confessed to wildlife rangers that they wanted to take revenge on the orang utans for damaging oil palm trees.
However, eyewitnesses said the two had wanted to eat the orang utan.
Karim told the court the men had used a parang to slash the orang utan before tying it up at Felda Sahabat 3 on Jan 29 this year.
Meanwhile, Wildlife Department assistant director and veterinarian Dr Sen Nathan said the post mortem showed that the orang utan died from severe injuries