A24 year old man has been sentenced to 36 months behind bars or a fine of N$8000 after stealing several items from his grandmother, Adelheid Musutua.
Jesaya Masambani, a Windhoek resident stole, among other things N$700, a radio, toaster, Milo, two bottles of Champaign, twelve cassettes, hair shampoo, CDs, a teddy bear, a pair of binoculars and a cell phone.
The accused pleaded guilty and apologised to his grandmother. He blamed peer pressure for his actions, but has since not returned all of the items to her, as he sold most of them for an amount he claims to no longer remember.
The unemployed Masambani lives with his grandmother, who told the court she was sad when she realised what he had done, and that he still hadn’t paid her back like he’d promised.
State prosecutor, Anthony Wilson, said in order to deter Masambani from this conduct, it was plausible to send him to prison despite this being his first offence.
The court determined that he was in fact remorseful for his crimes, but has not made an effort to return the items which reached the value of up to N$14 000.
N$3000 or 12 months of his sentence are suspended for five years on condition he is not convicted for the same crime again.