Escapees sentenced to a further two years' imprisonment each

10 Oct 2013 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 10 OCT (NAMPA) – The three prisoners who escaped from the Windhoek Central Prison on Sunday, were on Thursday each sentenced to a further two years’ imprisonment.
The trio - Sylvester Beukes, Steven Goagoseb and Hendrik Modise – received their sentences shortly after telling Windhoek Magistrate Justine Asino earlier during the day they longed to get a glimpse of the outside world when they each entered a plea of guilty to a charge of escaping from lawful police custody.
Magistrate Asino imposed the sentences on Thursday afternoon at around 14h30.
The three each pleaded with the court for a lenient sentence of less than five years, while Public Prosecutor Samantha Diergaardt proposed a punishment of an effective two years.
They escaped from Namibia's top maximum security prison between 02h00 and 06h00 on Sunday, but their bid for freedom was short-lived as they were rearrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Serious Crime Unit while allegedly walking in the bushes in the Kapps Farm area, not far from the police roadblock along the main road from Windhoek to the Hosea Kutako International Airport.
They were rearrested at around 12h45 on Sunday.
Sylvester Beukes and his brother Gavin Beukes were sentenced to a combined total of 670 years in jail for their involvement in the Kareeboomvloer massacre in the Hardap Region’s Kalkrand area, in which a farming couple and six other people were shot dead on 05 March 2005.
Sylvester Beukes was sent to prison for an effective total of 105 years, while his brother Gavin received a total of 84 years.
Goagoseb is in prison for an effective total of 27 years for murdering City Police officer Anton Matesu in his home in Windhoek's Acacia residential area on the night of 22 January 2005; while Okahandja resident Modise is serving a 15-year-custodial term at the Windhoek Central Prison for having raped a mentally-ill girl on Farm Okarusepa in the Okahandja district in July 2010.
In addition, today's sentences of two years each were ordered to run consecutively with each of the three prisoners' previous sentences.
Magistrate Asino also told the three men that the records which contained the evidence in connection with their pleas, convictions and sentences of two years will be handed over to the Windhoek High Court for the purpose of a case review within a period of seven days from Thursday.
According to Magistrate Asino, the three men have to write their complaints and related statements within a period of three days regarding the review of their case.
In addition, the trio was also informed to file their papers for them to be allowed leave to appeal both today's convictions and sentences before the Registrar of the Windhoek High Court within a period of 14 days, from today onwards.
The three men were again on Thursday ordered to serve their punishment at the Windhoek Central Prison, from which they escaped on Sunday.
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