02 Sep 2015 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 02 SEP (NAMPA) - The evidence of mitigation and aggravation of sentencing in the case of convicted fraudster Esmerelda Martina Majiedt will be heard in High Court on 16 and 17 November 2015.
High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg informed her of this arrangement on Wednesday.
This was done as per agreement reached between prosecution representative, State Advocate Constance Moyo and Majiedt's defence lawyer Bradley Basson in court that same day.
Majiedt, 50, pleaded guilty on 03 July this year to a total of 624 counts of fraud, theft and corruption involving over N.dollars 56 million at AfriSam Cement between 2007 and 2011. She was subsequently found guilty of fraud as charged.
Initially, a group of six people were charged in connection with that fraud. Five of them were acquitted of all charges on 03 July this year after Majiedt - the main suspect in the case - admitted that she committed the crime alone.
Majiedt pleaded guilty to the charges in terms of the Section 112 (2) of the Criminal Procedure Act (Act 51) of 1977 as amended, and she did so in the presence of her defence lawyers, Advocate Louis Botes and lawyer Basson.
I personally admit that I committed the fraud in the respect of the above-mentioned charges I have pleaded guilty to earlier. I further admit that as a result of my unlawful and false misrepresentations to AfriSam Namibia, the cement supplying company suffered an actual prejudice in the total amount of N.dollars 56 557 220, 19, she said at the time.
The five persons who were acquitted are the Bezuidenhoudt brothers (Calvin and Gerald Albertus Bezuidenhoudt); Rundu businessman Daniel Batista de Jesus; Majiedts sister Louise Izaaks, as well as a former partner of Izaaks, James Wilson.
Majiedt's bail of N.dollars 250 000 was also cancelled and forfeited to the State.
She is now being held in police custody at the Klein Windhoek Police Station until her next court appearance on 16 November 2015.