The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 21, 1966 — A Bu­l­awayo motorist “stum­bled’’ out of his car after he was pulled up by a po­lice­man for driv­ing through a stop sign, a Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate’s court heard yes­ter­day.

The man, Ron­ald Les­ley Smith, of 48 Frin­ton Road, Mat­sheumh­lope, Bu­l­awayo, was ap­pear­ing be­fore mag­is­trate Mr J Ri­ley, on a charge of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

He pleaded guilty and was fined £40 (or 40 days). Mr Ri­ley also or­dered that Smith’s li­cence be en­dorsed. Ear­lier, Pa­trol Of­fi­cer Ter­rence Gal­lacher said that he was forced to brake sharply when a car drove through a stop sign at the in­ter­sec­tion of Fife Street and Third Av­enue on Oc­to­ber 18.

He fol­lowed the car and sig­nalled the driver to pull over. Smith stum­bled out of the car. His breath smelt strongly of al­co­hol and he was un­steady on his feet.

Smith was taken to the po­lice station where a doc­tor ex­am­ined him and found he was un­fit to drive.

In mit­i­ga­tion, Smith told the court that he had been un­der some con­sid­er­able strain for some time.

“My brother died re­cently and a few days ago my wife left me for an­other man,’’ he said. The mag­is­trate noted that en­dan­ger­ing other peo­ple’s lives was not the best of ways to han­dle stress.

Also ap­pear­ing be­fore the same court was a City scrap dealer who was jailed for 18 months — nine months of which was con­di­tion­ally sus­pended for three years — on a charge of re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty.

The man, Aguy Cle­ment Ge­or­gias, of 31a Main Street, had ear­lier pleaded guilty to buy­ing £575 worth of scrap me­tal which had been stolen from a store at the Vum­bachikwe Mine, Gwanda in June.

Ge­or­gias told the court he had bought the me­tal in good faith.

“I did not know it had been stolen. I realise I should have tried to find out where it came from.’’

His at­tor­ney, Mr Aubrey C He­witt (Cogh­lan and Welsh), told Mr Close: “I am sure that given the chance to re­ha­bil­i­tate he can still be­come a good cit­i­zen.”

Ge­or­gias was also or­dered to re­pay £575 as part of the con­di­tion of the sus­pended sen­tence.

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