Thieves sentenced for robbing tourists in Swakopmund

31 Dec 2017 12:20pm
SWAKOPMUND, 31 DEC (NAMPA) – Two men among a number of accused in two separate cases were sentenced by the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court after theft and robbery convictions on Thursday.
The convicted Namibian men had robbed tourists holidaying at the coast.
Erongo Region Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu on Saturday identified the offenders as Hawie Kahuika, 20; and Thomas Johannes, 35.
He said Johannes and two other suspects, Mafuta Martin, 34; and Daniel Israel, 27; were arrested on suspicions of stealing personal items belonging to tourists.
The trio allegedly broke the window of a car used by the tourists and stealing the items worth more than N.dollars 2 700 on Wednesday.
Stolen articles, including towels, a novel and a backpack were recovered by police the same day.
The three men appeared in court on Thursday, after which Johannes was convicted and sentenced to a fine of N.dollars 3 000 or six months imprisonment.
His co-accused, Martin and Israel were acquitted.
Iikuyu said Kahuika and fellow-suspect Goodwin Gariseb, 17; appeared in court on the same day for robbing a female German tourist of her Samsung Galaxy Tablet S5 worth N.dollars 6 000.
Kahuika allegedly threatened the tourist with a knife on Monday and robbed her of the device which was later recovered.
For that, he was sentenced to two years direct imprisonment, while Gariseb was released.