Mother and son culpable homicide case postponed to October

18 Sep 2018 15:40pm
REHOBOTH, 18 SEP (NAMPA) – The case of a 45-year-old Rehoboth woman arrested on Saturday after she was thought to have run over a man, and her unlicensed 16-year-old son, made their second appearance at the Rehoboth Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Sophia Nickel, as second accused facing a charge of obstructing the course of justice and her son, the first accused, name withheld due to him being a minor, facing charges of culpable homicide and driving without a valid driver’s license, appeared before Magistrate Andre Matulich.
The case was on the roll for legal aid application of the two accused and was postponed to 10 October for finalisation of their legal aid.
It is alleged that the woman had been covering up for her son, who, after further investigations, is believed to have been the driver of the vehicle that hit 56-year-old Gerhard van Rooi in Rehoboth.
Van Rooi was rushed to St Mary’s Hospital but succumbed to injuries sustained in the incident.
It was earlier reported that Nickel lost control over the Toyota Yaris she was driving before it left the gravel road and hit the man who was walking next to the road.
Nickel is out on bail of N.dollars 1 500, while her son was released into her care.
Public prosecutor Victor Mutumbulwa represented the State.
Investigations into the matter continue.