The Namibian (Windhoek)

3 December 2012

Namibia: Hit-and-Run Case of Russian Woman Postponed

THE case in which a Russian citizen is charged with killing a Windhoek resident in a hit-and-run accident five months ago has been postponed to May next year.

Russian national Irina Lavrukhina was supposed to make her second appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on three charges on Friday last week.

Her case returned to court the previous week, however, to be postponed to May 10 2013.

Lavrukhina, who is employed with a Russian mining company in Windhoek, had to travel to Russia on business during last week, her defence lawyer, Chris Brandt, told Magistrate Tuvoye Nuule with her latest appearance in court.

As a result of her anticipated travel plans, her case was placed on the court roll earlier than scheduled.

Lavrukhina is facing charges of culpable homicide, reckless or negligent driving, and failing to stop after an accident, in connection with the incident in which an Air Namibia manager, Leon de Kock (58), was killed in the early evening of July 16.

De Kock died after he was hit by a car while jogging in Windhoek’s Ludwigsdorf area. The driver of the car which hit him drove away from the scene after the accident.

It is alleged that Lavrukhina was the driver of the vehicle which struck De Kock.

It was reported at the time of the incident that when the police tracked down Lavrukhina it was found that she had been admitted to a hospital to be treated for shock.

Lavrukhina’s case has again been postponed for further investigations to be done.

She remains free on bail in an amount of N$10 000.

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