20 February 2013

Namibia: Walvis Bay Traffic Cop Not Guilty of Corruption

WALVIS Bay traffic officer Collin Rickets was found not guilty of corruption in the Walvis Bay Magistrate's Court last week.

It was alleged that Rickets, during October 2011, corruptly certified a truck as roadworthy although it should not have passed a roadworthy test because it had many visible defects.

He was arrested on October 6 2011 and was granted bail of N$1 000. He was suspended from his duties until February 20 2012, when he was reinstated. An internal hearing scheduled at the municipality is expected to be cancelled after last week's verdict.

Walvis Bay Magistrate Andre Matulich said in his verdict that there was no evidence upon which Rickets might reasonably be convicted of having received gratification for corrupt actions.

Rickets was represented by Garoy September and the State was represented by prosecutor Henry Mhuongo.

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