13 Jan 2015 12:30pm
WALVIS BAY, 13 JAN (NAMPA) A 30-year-old woman from Walvis Bay was on Monday sentenced to two years and six months direct imprisonment for stealing case dockets.
Christalline von Broen, an administrative clerk, in the Namibian Police (NamPol) Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Walvis appeared before Magistrate Vicky Nicolaidis in the Walvis Bay Magistrates court.
She faced six counts, three for theft and another three for obstructing the course of justice by stealing three cases dockets and giving them to accused persons to destroy them.
Court documents indicates that she charged around N.dollars 1 500 for each docket.
The theft occurred between March and June 2013.
The destroyed dockets were dealing with the cases of Sakeus Iiyambo, Jonas Katti and Jonas Mandume.
It could not be established what cases were recorded in such documents.
It was stated in court that one of the suspects she approached with the offer to steal his docket in exchange for money informed the police.
A trap was set and Von Broen was caught red-handed handing over the docket and receiving the cash.
I regret breaking the law, I will never repeat it again. I knew at first I was wrong but I continued to commit the offences, said a remorseful Von Broen.
Delivering the judgment, magistrate Nicolaidis said the court took into consideration the fact that the suspect is the first offender and has shown remorse.
Unfortunately, this court has to send out a strong message to deter offenders, in this case direct imprisonment is appropriate. You have the right to appeal the judgment if you are not satisfied, said the magistrate.
State Prosecutor Eden Iyambo submitted that a fine would not be an appropriate sentence in this matter.
Deliberately destroying the police dockets is a very serious matter. Even first offenders must expect custodial sentences, he said.