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.