Usakos 'troublemaker' acquitted of trespassing

23 Jul 2014 11:20am
USAKOS, 23 JUL (NAMPA) – A 30-year-old man was acquitted of trespassing in the Usakos Magistrate’s Court here on Tuesday.
Clarence Gurirab was charged with trespassing on 24 January this year in a shop at this town, located 145 kilometres east of Swakopmund in the Erongo Region.
He has been described by local Namibian Police officers as a ‘troublemaker’ who is in and out of jail.
“The court finds you not guilty, as there is not enough evidence to convict you. This, however, does not mean you did not trespass,” said magistrate Ruben Mutuku in passing judgement.
Gurirab entered the Pop-In business on that specific day, allegedly begged for money and insulted customers as well as the owner of the shop when the owner warned him not to do so.
The business comprises a take-away, bar and gambling house.
It is owned by Constantinus Dausab, who then called the police about Gurirab’s behaviour that day.
Dausab told the court that he warned the suspect several times on the day of his arrest.
He was the only witness who testified in the matter against Gurirab, who conducted his own defence.
Prosecutor George Matali earlier submitted that the owner of the premises laid charges to protect his customers and his business.
Thus, in deciding the final verdict, the court needed to look at that.
In mitigation, Gurirab said he was not warned, and did not know that he was unwelcome at Pop-In He further argued that had he known that, he would have stayed away.
“I go there to buy, just like any other customer. I do not go there to steal or intimidate people, like the witness says,” he told the court.
Speaking to Nampa after the verdict, a disappointed Dausab labelled Gurirab as the ‘main troublemaker’ in Usakos.
He said Gurirab insulted him on several occasions in the past when he had confronted him about the wrongdoings at his place of business.
“Everyone knows he is trouble in this town, just ask around,” said Dausab.
He cited an incident some four years ago when Gurirab apparently stabbed his car’s tyres after an argument between them at the same premises.
“He was sentenced to about two-and-a-half years for stabbing my tyres. He always carries a knife on him, so I consider him dangerous,” said an angry Dausab.