LOGAN Pretorius, his fiancée, Sandra Riobo, and their friends Curven Vries and Ashley Januarie were all sentenced to pay a combined fine of N$13 000 each after they were found guilty in May on charges of kidnapping and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
The four convicted persons were initially charged with attempted murder and racial discrimination, but the charges were dropped after their intent to murder could not be established during their trial.
The charges of kidnapping and assault stem from an incident that took place at a Meersig house in Walvis Bay on 28 August 2014. They were sentenced almost five years after they were arrested for kidnapping and assaulting three minor boys in Meersig after they accused them of trying to steal a dog belonging to Pretorius and killing another.
At the time the incident with the minors caused outrage in the community of Walvis Bay after some speculation that Pretorius used the dogs to breed puppies that would later be sold on to people involved with illicit dog fighting matches.
Swakopmund Regional Court Magistrate Gaynor Poulton, who initially found the four guilty on the charges leveled against them in May this year, stated in her judgement that the manner in which the children were assaulted was cruel and inhumane although the injuries they sustained were not serious.
Magistrate Poulton also stated in her judgement that no reason exists to remove the convicted person from society by virtue of a jail sentence and gave them the option to pay a fine instead.
The Magistrate said Pretorius, Riobo, January and Vries are getting a second chance.
The four accused persons each received a sentence of N$8 000 or three years imprisonment on three counts of kidnapping and N$5 000 or three years imprisonment each for assault with the intend to do grievous bodily harm.