Duo sentenced for robbery

Two men from Ongwediva, Thomas Wilbard (19) and Amakali Frans (20) were found guilty of robbery by Oshakati Magistrate Mikka Namweya last week.
Wilbard and Frans were sentenced to four years imprisonment, with one year suspended if they do not commit any similar crime after their imprisonment.
Magistrate Namweya said the court took the decision based on the seriousness of the crime.
The court heard that on 21 August 2014, the two convicts followed 59-year-old Floribertus Ashiyana, a resident of Hanover in Ongwediva from a bar there.
Wilbard and Frans then attacked the old man and forcefully removed the jacket which he was wearing, and also robbed him of N$8000.
The court also heard that the duo robbed Ashiyana of that money because he had not paid them their monthly salaries.  
“The court appreciates that both the accused are young and have no other means of earning an income for themselves,” the magistrate said.
During his testimony, Ashiyana denied having employed the two accused.
Prosecutor Selma Nankwaya told the court that it is aggravating that the two accused committed such an act, and they have also shown no remorse.
She further said that robbery cases are often planned, and done deliberately.