Home   Kent   News   Article

Imported monkey head seller George Bush given suspended sentence after selling body parts on eBay

By KentOnline reporter

A man who illegally sold imported primate body parts - including four monkey heads - online has been jailed.

George Bush, 63 of Riverdale Road, Erith was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court to 14 months' imprisonment, suspended for two years.

It comes after he pleaded guilty to several charges, including offering to sell leopard cat skulls, 134 primate specimens and four monkey heads.

George Bush sold imported primate parts - including four monkey heads. Picture: Metropolitan Police
George Bush sold imported primate parts - including four monkey heads. Picture: Metropolitan Police

He even touted a skeleton of an infant crab-eating macaque.

The court heard Bush was arrested by Met Police officers on January 24 2014 on suspicion of selling illegally imported protected species on eBay.

Bush also pleaded guilty to possession of 71 extreme pornographic images of bestiality.

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.

"Those illegally trading in wildlife products should be in no doubt – we will target you at the UK border and beyond" - Grant Miller

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

Grant Miller, Border Force CITES lead, said: "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."

The Wildlife Crime Unit was also able to identify the illegal supplier of the endangered species in Indonesia and this individual was dealt with by the East Java police.

A confiscation hearing has been scheduled for April 2016.

Follow us

Most popular

Kent Travel News

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More