02 Jul 2014 18:20pm
OPUWO, 02 JUL (NAMPA) - Four men allegedly found in possession of cannabis worth a collective N.dollars 22 700 in Opuwo last month, appeared in the Opuwo Magistrates Court on Monday.
The men, all in their early 20s, were allegedly caught red-handed on 25 June, and they were charged with possession and dealing in cannabis.
They were charged and appeared in court individually due to the amounts of the substance found in their possession.
Accused Matias Murumbua, a 22-year-old Namibian man appeared first, and admitted guilt to the charge of possessing cannabis.
Murumbua said that the 0.5 grams of cannabis found in his possession valued at N.dollars 15 was for his own consumption.
Explaining his admission of guilt, he told the court that he was not forced to admit guilt, but felt guilty because he was found with a prohibited substance.
After his explanation, Opuwo Magistrate Leena Iyambo found Murumbua guilty as charged.
The State prosecutor in the case, Obert Tavengwa Masendeke told the court that the usage of cannabis in the district is apparently on the increase, and its use is leading to an increase in crime.
Masendeke asked the court to give Murumbua a sentence that will deter others from committing the same crime.
The prosecutor proposed that he be given a fine of N.dollars 300 or three months imprisonment. However, a sentence of five months imprisonment or a fine of N.dollars 500 was handed down.
Second to appear was 26-year-old Uyera Thomas Hepute, who was found guilty of possessing cannabis weighing 100 grams with a street value of N.dollars 300.
He was given a fine of N.dollars 1 200 or 12 months imprisonment.
The case of the two other accused persons - Kasera Tuleni, 22, and Augustu Kamolakamwe, 23 - was postponed to 31 July this year.
Masendeke said they were jointly charged due to some factors in the case, some of which are the nature of their case and the quantity of cannabis found in their possession.
The two were found with cannabis weighing 7.46 kilogrammes.
Their bail of N.dollars 300 each was extended.
All four were arrested at the Otuzemba Location in Opuwo following a tip-off from members of the public that the four had cannabis in their possession. Each were found with different portions of cannabis on them.