Dippenaar to plead on Tuesday

23 Jan 2017 13:20pm
SWAKOPMUND, 23 JAN (NAMPA) – Namibian rally driver, Jandre Dippenaar is expected to plead on a charge of murder when he appears in the Swakopmund Regional Court on Tuesday.
Dippenaar, 32, is charged with the murder of six people who died in a car accident between Swakopmund and Henties Bay on 29 December 2014.
Three Namibians and three German nationals died in that crash, when a vehicle driven by Dippenaar collided head-on with a vehicle occupied by a German family of four.
The Prosecutor-General decided to charge him with murder and not culpable homicide, which is normally the case in road crashes, due to the seriousness of the accident.
Dippenaar appeared before Magistrate Gaynor Poulton in the same court on Monday.
Prosecutor Hezekiel Iipinge asked the court that the case be postponed to Tuesday for the State to consult the witnesses and record the plea.
Defence lawyer Louis Botes had no objections to the postponement.
The German nationals are Walter Helmut Joschko, 48, his wife Stephanie Dorothea Schemick Joschko, 49, and their 19-year-old daughter Alexandra Marlene Joschko.
The Namibian citizens are Dina Pretorius, 30, Charlene Schoombe, 24; and Jan Carel Horn, 26.
Dippenaar and 16-year-old Antonia Klara Joschko were the only survivors in the accident. He also faces charges of fraud and driving a vehicle without a valid driver’s licence.
The fraud charge is for allegedly lying to the Roads Authority that his driver’s licence is lost when he did not have a valid driver’s licence at all.
The accused person was never arrested and is currently out on warning.