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Ex Magistrate convicted of corruption

Ex Magistrate convicted of corruption

Eba Kandovazu

A FORMER Oshakati Magistrate, Melanie Theron, was this morning found guilty of corruption in that she accepted money in exchange for the withdrawal of traffic fine charges.

GUILTY: Melanie Theron. Photo: Contributed

Theron’s corruption charges emanate from the time she was a magistrate in 2011.

It is alleged that she solicited money from traffic offenders to make their charges disappear and made a total N$6,600 through bribery.

As such, she is convicted of charges ranging from the fraudulent concealment, defeating the course of justice and gratification.

Judge Nate Ndauendapo found that Melanie Theron acted unlawfully when she made entries into the system that the traffic offenses of five people were dealt with and that the suspects were fined.
She initially faced 20 charges, but she was exonerated for three of them.

She was arrested in August 2011 after she accepted N$1,000 from undercover police officers.
At the time of her arrest, she had been working at the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court for 11 months.

An interpreter of the court who also deals with administration allegedly became suspicious when he discovered that court records were wrongly placed and as such informed the Control Prosecutor.

“There was no legal basis for her to withdraw the ticket and when she did that she knew that her conduct may frustrate or protect the accused persons from being prosecuted for the traffic offenses they had committed,” Judge Ndauendapo ruled.

Theron will return to court on 19 August 2019 for submissions before sentencing.

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