Four Tanzanians who were accused of being involved in the death of former Tropic Air Kenya helicopter pilot, Roger Gower, have been jailed for at least 15 years for illegally possessing weapons.
The 37-year-old British pilot, affectionately known as ‘Captain Roger’, was supporting wildlife rangers in the Maswa Game Reserve when he came under fire from poachers after finding an elephant which they had recently killed.
The four are among nine men facing charged connected to Mr Gower’s death. They pleaded guilty yesterday (Thursday 11 February) to “unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition” at a court in Tanzania’s main city Dar es Salaam.
They each received prison sentences ranging between 15 and 20 years while the murder trial itself is due to be held separately in a higher court.
Following his death, Mr Gower’s brothers, John and Max set up a JustGiving page to raise funds to help support anti-poaching efforts in Tanzania. At the time of writing, they have raised 83% of the £75k total in just under 2 weeks.
They have also set up a Facebook page for his friends and former passengers to post their photos and memories.