OTJIWARONGO, 29 JUN – The two thieves who stole food from the school hostel of Karundu Primary School in Otjiwarongo on Saturday night, were sentenced to a 12-month direct imprisonment each on Thursday morning.
Gregory Xamiseb, 28, and his 27-year-old accomplice, Virgel Uwiteb on Thursday were sentenced by Otjiwarongo Magistrate Jo-Rina Jagger, after they both pleaded guilty to the charges of housebreaking and theft.
Public prosecutor Elana Doeses had asked the court to punish the two first offenders, saying that Xamiseb and Uwiteb had carefully planned the breaking in and theft of food that was meant for children in the school’s hostel.
Doeses added that the two men did not only commit a serious and prevalent offence against the complainant, but also the children living at the hostel and their parents who pay hostel fees.
Xamiseb and Uwiteb, who represented themselves in court, asked the magistrate to pose a lenient sentence in the form of a fine.
Namibian Police Force spokesperson for the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha on Monday told Nampa that the learners and teachers on Sunday noticed that the kitchen where the food was stored, had been broken into.
They then contacted the police who discovered that boxes of chicken, beef, game meat, fish and cheese meant to feed 250 learners had been stolen.
The police officers and teachers then tracked the suspects’ footprints to the house in the Ombili informal settlement where carcasses were found inside Xamiseb’s house, while some food items were recovered from the houses of people they had sold them to that same night.
The stolen food was valued at more than N.dollars 10 000.