08 Sep 2016 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 08 SEP (NAMPA) - Two men arrested in the cash-in-transit heist involving N.dollars 5.7 million carried out in the Brakwater area north of Windhoek during late 2004, were on Thursday sent to jail.
They are Jan Julius, who was the driver of the Fidelity Security Services' van from which the money was stolen, and Okuryangava businessman George Jambeinge.
Julius was found guilty as an accomplice on a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances involving about N.dollars 3.71 million for having facilitated and assisted the cash-in-transit armed robbery on 27 December 2004.
On this count, Julius was sent to prison for an effective 20 years.
Jambeinge was found guilty on a lesser charge of theft after about N.dollars 1. 515 000 was found hidden in a white Honda sedan parked at house in the Hochland Park residential area some 24 hours after the robbery took place.
This vehicle was in Jambeinge's control at the time.
Jambeinge was on this count sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
High Court Judge Naomi Shivute, who presided over the trial, imposed the stiff punishment on Thursday morning.
The two men, both 45, were initially charged alongside Kleine Kuppe resident Matheus Hauwanga; prominent farmer and Karasburg resident Benedictus Kasimbingue; Oshakati businessperson Elikana Nghimwena and Jason Awene better known as 'Kilingi'.
The four were set free on 20 February 2014, following a judgment on their application for discharge in which the court found that the prosecution had not presented prima facie evidence that could link the four men to the armed robbery case.
Julius and Jambeinge had denied that they took part in the cash-in-transit armed robbery.
They were free on bail of N.dollars 10 000 each and their bail was on 17 August 2016 withdrawn on a request by State Advocate Anita Malherbe Meyer upon conviction that day.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has recovered some N.dollars 3.39 million of the stolen money in South Africa.
About N.dollars 500 000 is not yet recovered.
The stolen money belonged to First National Bank, Bank Windhoek and Nedbank Namibia.
Jorge Neves defended the two convicted men on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.