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Hell comes to Digawana

Mmegi Online : "In a few words, Deputy headman Moatlhodi Kgwakgwe spoke of an uneasy period of tension between his subjects and the Caucasian farmer months before the mass slaughter of their livestock.Kgosi Kgwakgwe described the farmer as a vengeful man with little respect for the villagers. "When our animals stray onto his farm that lies three kilometres outside Digawana, he locks them up for days without food or water," the headman said. "When people go to retrieve them, he demands compensation for trespassing.""

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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."