12 February 2013

Namibia: PG Charges Deputy With Drunken Driving

PROSECUTOR General Martha Imalwa has decided that one of the senior members of her staff, Deputy Prosecutor General Jackson Kuutondokwa, should be prosecuted in the Windhoek Regional Court on a charge of drunken driving.

Kuutondokwa, who is stationed at the Lüderitz Street Windhoek Magistrate's Court, made a first appearance before Magistrate Sarel Jacobs in the Windhoek Regional Court on Friday.

According to a copy of the prosecutor general's decision which was handed to the magistrate, Imalwa has given instructions that Kuutondokwa should be arraigned in that court on a main charge of driving a motor vehicle, or occupying the driver's seat, while under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

In the alternative, he is charged with driving or occupying the driver's seat with an excessive blood alcohol level, or reckless or negligent driving.

It is alleged that Kuutondokwa (55) drove a car while under the influence of alcohol on Independence Avenue in Katutura on April 8 last year.

It is also alleged that Kuutondokwa's blood alcohol level was measured at 0,28 gram per 100 millilitres of blood - well above the legal limit of less than 0,08 gram per 100 millilitres of blood.

Kuutondokwa was arrested and charged after he had allegedly been involved in a collision with another vehicle on the evening of April 8 last year.

His trial is scheduled to start on September 3, Kuutondokwa was informed on Friday.

He remains free on a warning from the court.

Kuutondokwa found himself in similar trouble with the law ten years ago, when he was also accused of drunken driving.

He was prosecuted in the High Court in Windhoek, where he pleaded guilty to the main charge against him in February 2004, and was then sentenced to an effective fine of N$2 500 or six months' imprisonment, while his driving licence was also suspended for three months.

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