Judgement in ex-Oshakati magistrate's corruption case on Thursday

02 Jul 2019 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 02 JUL (NAMPA) - Judgement in the case of former Oshakati magistrate Melanie Theron, who is on trial on fraud and corruption charges, is expected to be delivered in the High Court here on Thursday this week.
The former magistrate was arrested on 15 August 2011 on charges of fraud, corruption, bribery and extortion stemming from allegations that she allegedly corruptly solicited, accepted or agreed to accept a bribe to withdraw traffic tickets.
The verdict in Theron's case was supposed to be handed down on Tuesday, but High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo who is presiding over the trail was unable to finish writing the judgement on time due to other official commitments.
“The ruling in this case will now be given on 04 July 2019, at around 10h00,” the judge said as he postponed the matter.
In her testimony before court, Theron said all the evidence before court by the prosecution's witnesses who testified against her was not credible and should not be regarded by the court.
According to the State, Theron allegedly accepted N.dollars 6 600 from various people who were accused of traffic offences.
She told the witnesses, 90 per cent of whom were taxi drivers, had contradicted themselves several times while giving evidence in court.
She alleged that the witnesses’ written statements had been translated without the issuance of a translation certificate and were written down without being read back to them.
“The State is inventing facts to sustain their case,” Theron said in her defence.
She flatly denied withdrawing the tickets and claimed an application was made to have them withdrawn by a prosecutor at the Oshakati Magistrate's Court.
She further said one of the key State witnesses in the case who claimed to have paid her, appeared confused when asked when it was done.
“There was no fraud committed on my part and I acted in line with my duties,” she said.
Theron is defending herself.
Senior State Advocate Simba Nduna is appearing for the prosecution.