Fined for Selling Booze After Hours

A 36-year-old man faces six months in prison or alternatively a fine of N$1 000 after an Oshakati magistrate yesterday convicted him of selling alcohol without a liquor licence.

The incident occurred at Omotuli bar in Ongwediva.

Eliaser Angula pleaded guilty to the charge that he sold alcohol on Sunday morning at 03h25 while his licence only permitted him to sell until midnight.

From Monday to Friday, Angula’s licence permits him to sell from 08h00 until 02h00 the next morning.

“I am guilty because I sold alcohol after hours,” reads his plea as presented by his lawyer Tuwilika Shailemo from Inonge Mainga Attorneys.

In his plea before he was sentenced, presented on his behalf by his lawyer, he said he was remorseful and apologized to the community.

In mitigation of sentence, Angula indicated he is a father of 14 children whom he supports as well as his elderly mother, grandmother and four other pensioners.

His lawyer also challenged the State’s proposed fine of N$1 500 be reduced to N$1 000 because his client last week paid school fees, bought stationery as well as school uniforms for his kids.

Angula appeared before magistrate Helena Ekandjo, while Petrine Ekandjo prosecuted.

Source : New Era