By Mark Vester
According to the The Free Press Of Namibia , former WBO middleweight champion Harry Simon was jailed yesterday for a sentence of two years, in connection with the deadly car crash in which three Belgian visitors to Namibia were killed at the coast in late 2002.
Simon was convicted of culpable homicide for an accident that cost the lives of three Belgian tourists, including a 22-month-old baby, Ibe de Winter, her 31-year-old father, Frederick de Winter, and a 29-year-old mother of two children, Michelle de Clerck. They were killed in a head-on collision with Simon's Mercedes-Benz ML500.
Simon was appealing the conviction, originally received from Regional Court Magistrate Gert Retief on August 4 2005, but Judge Collins Parker and Acting Judge John Manyarara dismissed the appeal against both his conviction and sentence. The Judges also dismissed an appeal against the sentence that was pursued by the State, which wanted Simon to receive a much heavier prison sentence.
Simon did not testify in his own defense or call on witnesses to support his version of the story, a move experts say cost him badly in the case.
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