The appeal is against sentence.
 The appellant is representing himself and the respondent by Mr Andreas.
 He pleaded guilty to housebreaking with intent to steal and theft of household items to the value of N$3390.
 He was sentenced to 36 months imprisonment of which 12 months were suspended for a period of 4 years on condition that the accused is not convicted of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft committed during the period of suspension.
 He filed his notice of appeal late and explained that the reasons for the delay are that:
- After the sentence he was in a state of shock and it took a while for him to come to his senses about his right to appeal.
- He is illiterate and had to search for someone to assist.
- That the notice of appeal took a while in the hands of the correctional officers before it was filed.
 The record reflects that his rights to appeal and review were appropriately explained and he understood.
 In my view the explanation is not reasonable.
 In addition the appellant does not have reasonable prospects of success on appeal.
 The magistrate appropriately considered the personal circumstances of the appellant, the seriousness of the crime and circumstances under which it was committed.
 The sentence is further in line with similar sentences for similar offences.
H C JANUARY
J T SALIONGA
APPELLANT: Mr L Hamukoto (in person)
Of Oluno Correctional Facility, Ondangwa
RESPONDENT: Mr J Andreas
Of the Office of the Prosecutor-General, Oshakati