Court name
Northern Local Division
Case number
CRIMINAL 14 of 2020
Case name
S v Isack
Media neutral citation
[2021] NAHCNLD 44
Judge
Salionga J
Munsu AJ

REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA

 

IN THE HIGH COURT OF NAMIBIA, NORTHERN LOCAL DIVISION

HELD AT OSHAKATI

 

REVIEW JUDGMENT

 

Case Title:

The State  versus  Lineekela Isack

 

 

CR NO: 14  /2020

MAGISTRATE SERIAL NO:160/2018

 

Division of Court:

Northern Local Division

Heard before: 

Honourable Ms Justice Salionga J et

Honourable Mr Justice Munsu  AJ

Delivered on: 10 May 2021

 

Neutral citation: S v Isack (CR14/2020) [2021] NAHCNLD 44 (10 May 2021)

 

 IT IS ORDERED THAT:

 

  1.  The convictions are confirmed.
  2. The sentences on count 2 and 4 are confirmed but the condition of suspension on count 4 is substituted by the following condition: Accused is sentenced to N$ 3000 or 12 months imprisonment wholly suspended for a period of five (5) years on condition accused is not convicted of a crime of contravening section 33 of Act 7 of 1996 committed during the period of suspension.

 

Reasons for the above order:

 

SALIONGA J (MUNSU AJ concurring):

 

[1]   The accused was convicted of possession of firearm without a license and possession of ammunition in contravening section 33 of Act 7 of 1997. He was sentenced a follows to count 1 N$ 3000 or 12 months imprisonment and on count 2 to N$ 3000 or 12 months imprisonment wholly suspended for a period of five (5) years on condition accused is not convicted of contravening my (sic) provision of Act 7 of 1996 committed during the period of suspension.

 

[2]   In this matter it is the formulation of the condition of the suspended sentence that the reviewing judge has a qualm with. A condition of suspension that the accused is not convicted of contravening my (sic) provision of Act 7 of 1996 which I understand to mean any provisions is too wide as it refers to a group of offences. Section 297 of the Act 51 of 1977 provides that the condition must be clear and must refer only to offences which are substantially related to the nature and circumstances of the offence of which the accused has been convicted.

 

[3]   Act 7 of 1996 in my view creates various offences some of which are not relating to a contravention in question. The condition of suspension must be framed in such a manner that it enables the accused to know what conduct is prohibited before the suspended sentence is put into operation. Therefore a condition which is too wide has to be substituted.

 

[4]   Consequently the following orders are made:

 

         1.    The conviction is confirmed;

         2.    The sentences on count 2 and 4 are confirmed but the condition of suspension on count 4 is substituted by the following condition: Accused is sentenced to N$ 3000 or 12 months imprisonment wholly suspended for a period of five (5) years on condition accused is not convicted of a crime of contravening section 33 of Act 7 of 1996 committed during the period of suspension.

 

 

 

J T SALIONGA

JUDGE

D C MUNSU

ACTING JUDGE