Deputy PG's drunken driving trial put on hold until Nov 2013

03 Sep 2013 11:00
WINDHOEK, 03 SEP (NAMPA) - Deputy Prosecutor-General Jackson Kuutondokwa’s drunken driving trial which was set to start in the Regional Court in Katutura on Tuesday has been put on hold until November this year.
The trial was remanded until 14 November in order to allow the defence team time to appoint and instruct an advocate to defend the accused deputy Prosecutor-General.
The trial was postponed upon an agreement reached by Public Prosecutor Cliff Lutibezi and Kuutondokwa's private defence lawyer Christiaan Nambahu on Tuesday afternoon.
Kuutondokwa, who re-appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Sarel Jacobs, is facing a charge of driving a motor vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol.
The Deputy Prosecutor-General is currently free on a warning, and was again warned today to appear before court in November.
According to a summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet, Kuutondokwa was arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on a Sunday evening in April last year at about 20h40 along Independence Avenue in Katutura.
He was allegedly driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
He spent some hours in police custody upon his arrest that day. It was not the first time Kuutondokwa had had a brush with the law for a similar offence.
On 08 December 2002, he pleaded guilty to having driven a motor vehicle whilst under the influence of liquor.
He was then sentenced to a fine of N.dollars 5 000 or 12 months’ imprisonment, of which N.dollars 2 500 or six months were suspended for a period of three years on condition that he should not be convicted of a similar offence during the period of suspension.