Former treasurer of Outjo municipality to face sentence

WINDHOEK: The former treasurer of the Outjo municipality who admitted to setting his employer’s offices on fire in August 2009, will face sentencing next month.

The 54-year-old Dawid Johannes Koen was set to be sentenced by High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka today, but the judge could not finish compiling his verdict on time due to other similar official commitments.

He will now be sentenced on 15 July this year after he had pleaded guilty to a charge of arson, defeating or obstructing the course of justice and some charges of fraud and theft involving over N.dollars 1 million at the start of his trial on 12 May this year.

On that day, Koen admitted that he unlawfully and intentionally set fire to the offices of the Outjo municipality on 17 August 2009 in order to conceal and destroy evidence of his theft of money from the municipality, and of his fraudulent activities against the municipality.

He stated this in a plea explanation presented to court by his defence lawyer, attorney Jan Wessels.

This was in relation to a charge of arson, a charge of defeating or obstructing the course of justice and to a total of 60 counts of fraud and theft involving a total amount of N.dollars 1 190 979.80.

He, however, denied a total of 52 counts of fraud and theft involving an amount of N.dollars 551 229, to which he was subsequently acquitted.

SOURCE: NAMPA