THE Windhoek Magistrate’s Court today sentenced a man to a suspended sentence of eight months for stealing a cellphone of a clerk at the court.
The convict, Denzel van Wyk, 39, yesterday admitted guilt when he made his first court appearance on the theft case. Van Wyk reportedly stole Johaness Kondjeleni’s (court clerk) IPhone 13, worth N$19 000 last Thursday from his desk at the court and sold it for N$200.
Van Wyk reportedly stole the phone from the desk when he saw that no one was in the office. Confessing to the crime, van Wyk stated that without wasting the court’s time, he ”wants to finalize the case”.
In mitigation, he said he is a father to a 16 year old child, and that he makes a living by selling sweets.
“I will not be able to pay a fine but I’ll let the court decide. I’m very sorry. Have mercy on my family. I can maybe pay a fine of N$2000,” van Wyk pleaded with the court.
Presiding Magistrate Linus Samunzala suspended the eight months for a period of five years on condition that van Wyk is not convicted of a similar charge in the next five years.
Prosecutor Precious Matali represented the State.