An illegal diamond dealer from Etsha 1 in Ngamiland District has been sentenced to five years jail following a conviction for possession of P3 968.85 worth of diamonds.
Evidence presented in court indicated that Kangombe Chiphandi, 30 was arrested by plain clothes officers on the 11th of June 2011 in Maun after a tip off.
At the time of arrest the accused had approximately 86 carats of diamonds but only 80 carats were confirmed after analysis while six of the stones dissolved during analysis and therefore proved to be fakes.
Throughout the trialP3 968.85. maintained that he did not know that it was diamonds but salt which he got from a certain Joshua in Namibia.
He claimed that Joshua told him that the ‘salt’ was used to wash cooler boxes and should not be exposed to sunlight.
Chiphandi however failed to furnish the court with details of where the said Joshua could be found except to say he met him through friends whom he also failed to locate.
Inspector Moathodi Biki Ntuane of Criminal Investigations Department who was also the investigating officer however dismissed Chpandi’s defence as an afterthought from an illegal dealer who wanted to avoid jail.
At the time of arrest Chiphandi failed to explain the use of the ‘salt.’
“You did not have a cooler box which you claim that you were going to wash with the ‘salt’ and it shows how untrustworthy you are,” said Magistrate Clifford Foroma when he passed the sentence.
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