Skull collector fined after wildlife crime bust
Police say crocodile head and deep pig skull found in shop without documentation
21 April, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya
A SHOP-OWNER has been fined £4,000 for having a collection of endangered species’ parts, including a crocodile skull and part of a sawfish.
Sasko Bezovski, 47, pleaded guilty at Hammersmith and Fulham Magistrates’ Court to a charge relating to buying or keeping specimens of endangered species in his Warwick Avenue shop.
Police said items that were seized included the rostrum of a knife tooth sawfish, a spur-thighed tortoise shell, a babirusa deer-pig skull (right), and the head of a crocodile known as a Sunda or false gharial.
They said a wildlife inspector identified these as being protected under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna & Flora.
Police say Mr Bezovski was unable to provide documentary proof that the items were made before March 3 1947.
Detective Constable Christopher Jones, of the Met’s wildlife crime unit, said: “The trade of endangered species is subject to strict regulations and it is the responsibility of the seller to make sure they are aware of this legislation and have the correct documentation. I am extremely grateful to our national wildlife crime colleagues who assisted with the investigation.”