By Marianne Nghidengwa
DEPUTY Director of Engineering at the Polytechnic of Namibia, Bernard Siepker, has offered a whooping N$30 100 for wrecking a marriage between Michael and Susanne Jaspert, a couple that has been married since 1993 and have two children.
Divorce documents filed at the Windhoek High Court in which Michael is the plaintiff and Susanne the defendant, Susanne admitted to befriending Siepker and turning to him for emotional support when her husband allegedly left her emotionally destitute.
“Since June 2010, the defendant has committed adultery with Siepker on diverse occasions and places up to date,” court documents read.
Susanne, a State Agent further accused Michael, a Management Consultant, of eliciting unnecessary quarrels with her; showing no serious intention to continue with their marriage; showing no love and respect; locking her out of the common house and throwing her personal belongings through the windows; psychologically and sexually denigrated her and interfering with her discipline of the children thus undermining her authority.
Meanwhile, in a separate case between Michael (plaintiff) and Siepker (defendant), Siepker admitted that he was aware of the couple’s marriage.
“Siepker pleads that he and Susanne only entered into an adulterous relationship after Susanne indicated that her marital relationship with Michael has broken down irretrievably”.
Approached for comment, Siepker who initially refused to identify himself when this reporter briefed him about the call, said “I cannot talk to you,” before he rudely hang up the phone.
The couple, who are joint owners in equal shares of Aquarius Investments 135 CC and several other properties, have since battled out their marriage woes in court fighting for their properties and custody of their two children, aged 16 and 14.
“As a result of the plaintiff ’s conduct, further cohabitation with him (Michael) became intolerable and unbearable as a result of which the defendant (Susanne) left the common home on August 20, 2011”.
Court documents state that the relations between the couple has become strained to such an extent that it is no longer possible to continue with the co-ownership.
In her counterclaim, Susanne was asking the court to order her husband for N$6000 as maintenance for each child per month with an annual escalation of 5% as well as paying all medical and educational costs of the children.
Acting Justice Miller on January 31, 2013, dissolved the bonds of the marriage and gave both parties joint custody of the minor child.
Michael was also ordered to pay Susanne N$2 600 000 (Two Million Six Hundred Thousand) as shares of their joint properties. Susanne, as ordered by the court, is made the sole and exclusive owner of a Toyota Yaris vehicle. “The plaintiff shall sign all documents to have the said vehicle registered in the defendant’s name. All costs related to such registration with NATIS shall be borne by the defendant”.
Susanne upon approach by the Confidente said: “That has nothing to do with me. I cannot comment because I’d make myself guilty of something that is maybe not true”.