Court name
High Court Main Division
Title

S v Mwahindange () [2020] NAHCMD 361 (17 August 2020);

Media neutral citation
[2020] NAHCMD 361

 

‘ANNEXURE 11’

IN THE HIGH COURT OF NAMIBIA

 

Case Title:

The State v Tobias Mwahindange and Another

Case No:

CR 59/2020

Heard before:

Honourable Ms Justice Usiku

Honourable Ms Justice Claasen

Division of Court:

Prison Division

Neutral citation: S v Mwahindange (CR 59/2020) [2020] NAHCMD 361 (17 August 2020)

Delivered on:

17 August 2020

 

HIGH COURT MAIN DIVISION REVIEW REF NO. 1056/2020)

 

Neutral citation:  S v Mwahindange (CR 59/2020) [2020] NAHCMD 361 (17 August 2020)

The order:

The conviction is confirmed. The sentenced is substituted with the following sentence:

Accused is fined N$2000.00 (two) thousand Namibian Dollars or 12 (twelve) months imprisonment, wholly suspended for a period of 5 years on condition that accused should not be convicted of possession of housebreaking implements in contravention of s 9 of Proclamation 27 of 1920 committed during the period of suspension.

 

 

Reasons for order:

 USIKU J (concurring Claasen J)

 

1. After this matter was submitted before me on review, I found the proceedings not to be in accordance with justice and directed the following query to the learned magistrate:

 

‘Can a sentence be suspended for an unspecified period of time?Is the sentence a competent one?’

 

2. The learned magistrate responded to the query as follows:

 

           ‘1.  I acknowledge that a typing error occurred on the review sheet and on the charge  sheet.                         

I apologise and it shall not happen again.’ 

 

He also proposed that the conviction be confirmed and the sentence be corrected.

 

3. Indeed, the concessions made by the learned magistrate are correct.

 

4. Section 297 (1)(b) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 provides;

 

      Where a Court convicts a person of any offence, other than an offence in respect ofwhich any law prescribes a minimum punishment, the Court may in its discretion;

(b)  pass sentence but order the operation of the whole or any part thereof to be suspended for a period not exceeding five years  on condition referred to in paragraph (a)(i) which the Court may specify in the order.

 

5. Consequently, the conviction is confirmed. The sentenced is substituted with the following sentence:

 

Accused is fined N$2000.00 (two) thousand Namibian Dollars or 12 (twelve) months imprisonment, wholly suspended for a period of 5 years on condition that accused should not be convicted of possession of housebreaking implements in contravention of s 9 of Proclamation 27 of 1920 committed during the period of suspension.

 

D N USIKU

JUDGE

C M CLAASEN

JUDGE