PIC FROM CATERS NEWS – (Pictured Leon Bekker (Blonde hair and sunglasses) catching the shark, the event which he was charged for) – A fisherman has been convicted of killing a great white shark following a landmark decision by 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. 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. SEE CATERS COPY.