Deputy PG's drunken-driving trial starting Thursday

13 Nov 2013 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 13 NOV (NAMPA) - The trial of Deputy Prosecutor-General Jackson Kuutondokwa on charges of driving a motor-vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol, is scheduled to kick off in the Regional Court on Thursday.
It was initially set to start in the same court on 03 September this year, but was put on hold until 14 November in order to allow Kuutondokwa's defence team enough time to appoint and instruct an advocate to defend the accused.
The case was remanded then upon agreement reached between Public Prosecutor Cliff Lutibezi and Kuutondokwa's private defence lawyer, Christiaan Nambahu.
Kuutondokwa will stand trial before Windhoek Magistrate Sarel Jacobs.
He is currently free on warning, and was again warned to appear before court on Thursday.
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 along Independence Avenue in Katutura.
He was allegedly under the influence.
He spent some hours in police custody upon his arrest that day. It was not the first time that 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 monthsÂ’ 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.