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South African Fisherman, Leon Bekker, Convicted Of Killing Great White Shark

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A fisherman has admitted killing a great white shark following a landmark trial in a
South African court.

Leon Bekker, of George, Western Cape, pleaded guilty to contravention of the Marine Living Resources Act which includes attempting to kill, disturb or be in possession of a white shark without a permit, Caters reported.

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Leon Bekker with the shark which resulted in a court appearance

At the Mossel Bay Magistrates Court Bekker was handed a fine of more than £8,550 (R120,000) or a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for five years.

The unprecedented case, which is thought to be the first of its kind in the world, is the only great white shark conviction in an South African court to date - the first country to impose legislation in protecting great white sharks.

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Bekker's case is believed to be the first of its kind in the world