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FATAL MISTAKE

The Voice: "A 12- year- old boy who died after he was mistakenly given a fatal dose of wrong anti-retroviral tablets (ARV’s) was buried last Sunday.
If only the pharmacist had listened to the HIV positive boy (name withheld) when he suggested that the bottle he was given was not the one he normally had, he would still be alive today claimed his grieving mother."

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Court frees boy prisoner

The Namibian Newspaper: "THE High Court yesterday ordered the immediate release of a 12-year-old boy who became Namibia's youngest sentenced prison inmate after receiving a six-month jail term for housebreaking and theft at Karasburg in October.

In a review judgement handed down by Judge Elton Hoff, Acting Judge Claus Hinrichsen set aside the boy's conviction and sentence and ordered his immediate release from detention.

Judge Hoff agreed with Acting Judge Hinrichsen's decision, which was based on the principle that a child as young as the boy is presumed not to be criminally liable, especially where he had been involved in a crime while under the influence and instructions of a much older person.
The boy was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on October 19, after he had been convicted in the Karasburg Magistrate's Court on a charge of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft."