Prinsloo jailed for 13 years

2010-02-02 07:00

Baranovichi - Dirk Prinsloo may keep his shoes, but the rest of his belongings go to the state.

"Citizen Prinsloo, George Diederik" forfeits all his property to the state.

Dirk Prinsloo, who was sentenced on Monday to 13 years imprisonment as a result of his attempt to burgle a bank in Belarus, has lost everything, apart from his shoes.

Judge Vasili Petrif ordered that all Prinsloo's property should be seized.

The balaclava, knife, toy pistol and pepper spray that he had used, as well as the note with the words: "Dengi na stol" (Place the money on the table) should be "destroyed, because they had no material value".

Prinsloo will however get back the pair of shoes he wore during the robbery.

Pay up

A bloodied blouse belonging to Alla Sologoeb, a bank clerk, as well as her pair of pants and another belonging to Svetlana Ignatovitsj - containing Prinsloo's shoe print - will be returned to them.

Petrif ordered that Prinsloo pay R2 435 (about 939 250 roubles) to the Baranovichi municipality for the hospital treatment of one of the bank cashiers, as well as R160 for the use of an ambulance.

He must also pay R12 000 to Sologoeb who was brutally attacked, for "moral damages" and R600 for "material damage".

Two other bank employees, Valentina Drozd and Ignatovitsj must each receive R12 000. A bank client who Prinsloo attacked outside the bank, must receive R4 000.

Prinsloo was also ordered to pay about R2 000 income tax to the state, as well as the cost of the court proceedings, which totalled R4 000.

He must also pay R11 000 to one of his former lovers, Svetlana Basalai Stade, to compensate her for the necklace he had stolen.

'It's ridiculous'

Prinsloo will be given an English translation of the judgment within five days.

He has 10 calendar days to lodge an appeal at the Brest regional court.

"It's fucking crazy!" Prinsloo shouted after the sentence.

"It's ridiculous. The entire court case was unjust and it illustrates approval for corruption and Stalinism.

"Virtually all my human rights have been violated.  It will be to the detriment of investors' confidence and tourism to this beautiful country," Prinsloo said.

 "It conflicts with the principles of excellence President Alexander Lukashenko is trying to establish.

"The trial was unjust because I wasn't allowed to call witnesses; I was prevented from preparing properly in my language for my trial," said Prinsloo.

"I wasn't allowed to have a translator when I wanted to study documents; the court failed to address blatant police corruption and I wasn't allowed to properly cross-exam witnesses."