A MAN convicted of plotting a vicious attack on an elderly couple in their homes at Uis years ago was today sentenced to an effective 57 years imprisonment.
Charles Namiseb, 37, in 2010 entered the home of a 72-year-old man and his 69-year-old wife with his co-accused, who is already serving his 53 year jail term for his crimes.
The two gained access to the house after they told the elderly couple that they were thirsty.
The duo allegedly then struck the man with a spade and dragged him bleeding into his house before hitting his wife. After tying the victims up with ropes, the attackers took turns to rape the elderly woman while her husband was forced to helplessly look on.
They then proceeded to steal items worth N$78 000, which they transported in the couple’s pickup.
On the day of conviction in 2016, Namiseb unlawfully escaped from police custody and fled to South Africa, where he was extradited last year with the help of Interpol.
He now faces another charge pertaining to that matter in the Magistrate’s court.
In sentencing, judge Alfred Siboleka maintained that Namiseb played the leading role during the robbery. The judge noted that he was the ‘mastermind’ and that he raped the woman twice and was the one driving the vehicle, which they somehow managed to drive past a police roadblock between Uis and Khorixas despite numerous shots by the police.
To date, Namiseb maintains his innocence, a clear demonstration of no remorse, the judge said.
“The accused must pay his debt back to society for what he has done to the elderly couple. He acted as the leader, the court is satisfied that he was the mastermind behind the offences and therefore deserves a much more severe sentence compared to his counterpart,” the judge ruled.