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Man sentenced for selling monkey heads on the web and possessing animal porn

George Bush from Erith is given a suspended prison sentence after admitting selling monkey heads on eBay and also possessing animal porn

Published 13/01/2016 | 07:59

George Bush has been jailed for selling primate body parts such as monkey heads (right)
George Bush has been jailed for selling primate body parts such as monkey heads (right)
Some of the monkey heads
The monkey bodies that George Bush was selling
Monkey hands

A man has been given a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to selling monkey heads online.

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George Bush, 63, from Erith, south east London admitted offering various animal body parts for sale, including monkey heads and hands and the skeletons of other endangered creatures.

Bush was arrested by the Metropolitan Police’s Wildlife Crime Unit, following a tip off from the UK Border Force.

The body parts had been imported from Indonesia and detectives discovered that he had been offering to sell the protected species via his eBay account.

The monkey bodies that George Bush was selling
The monkey bodies that George Bush was selling

But when officers searched Bush’s home, they also discovered more than 70 images of extreme pornography involving animals.

Bush pleaded guilty to a string of offences and was given a 14 month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Monkey hands
Monkey hands

Detective Constable Sarah Bailey, of the Met's Wildlife Crime Unit, said: "This case shows that strong controls are in place to protect endangered species and the police will take action against anyone found to be trading illegally.

"Illegal trade threatens many species' survival. I would urge anyone who sees specimens from protected wildlife for sale to contact police.

“We are committed to ensuring that anyone in London who is trading illegally in endangered animal parts is stopped."

Grant Miller, from the UK Border Force added: “As the variety of species involved in this case shows, the illegal movement of endangered wildlife is part of an illicit and often cruel trade that Border Force, together with our partners in the UK and internationally, is determined to stop.

“Those illegally trading in wildlife products should be in no doubt – we will target you at the UK border and beyond.”

Among the items Bush tried to sell were two leopard cat skulls, 134 separate monkey parts, four monkey heads and the skeleton of an infant crab-eating macaque.

Reuters

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