Two Windhoek men told Magistrate Goerge Mbundu last week that they resorted to robbing a Samsung phone from a vulnerable woman to cater for their food needs.
The two Michael Goliath (23) and Richard Kisting (22) were charged with robbery with aggravating circumstances.
On 26 February this year, Goliath and Kisting cornered a woman in Katutura and pulled out a knife on her. The court also heard that the stole the Samsung galaxy valued at N$3600 from Maria Hamunyela.
They also told the court that they indulged in the criminal act to cater for their family’s food needs as they cannot afford from their own means. Kisting told the court that he was aware that his actions are wrong and unlawfully, saying “I needed money for food. I am a 21 year old and l live with a pregnant girlfriend due in August. I am employed as a brick layer and earn N$60 a day”.
He added that he could pay a fine. His co-accused, Goliath, has a two-year-old child and only works as a mechanic and also told the court that he can pay a fine.
The magistrate sentenced them to serve 12 months in prison because of the seriousness of the offence and the prevalence of these types of crimes.
The state arguments in the court case were driven by State Prosecutor Antony Wilson.