Drunk driver with­out a li­cence, fined E1 700

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Won­der­boy Dlamini

IN one of the care­less be­hav­iours of mo­torists, an un­li­censed driver had the guts to get be­hind the wheel while know­ing that he was in­tox­i­cated and unau­tho­rised to drive any mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

This was heard in the case of Mcol­isi Ndz­i­mandze of Ga­mula who ap­peared be­fore the Mag­is­trate’s Court after he was nabbed along the Big BendMatata road. He was charged with two counts of con­tra­ven­ing the Road Traf­fic Act of 2007.

On the first count, the ac­cused per­son was said to have wrong­fully and un­law­fully driven a mo­tor ve­hi­cle while un­der the in­flu­ence of in­tox­i­cat­ing liquor.

Par­tic­u­lars of the of­fence in­cluded that the ac­cused was driv­ing the ve­hi­cle in a zig-zag man­ner, prompt­ing the po­lice to ex­am­ine his state of so­bri­ety.

A breathal­yser test is said to have in­di­cated that the ac­cused had a con­tent of al­co­hol read­ing as 0.46 mg/l in his sys­tem, which is above the le­gal limit which stands at 0.37 mg/l.

He was fur­ther charged with driv­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle with­out be­ing a holder of a driver’s li­cence.

When the charge sheet was read to him, the ac­cused per­son pleaded guilty to each of the charges. His pleas were also ac­cepted by the crown with­out lead­ing ev­i­dence to prove com­mis­sion of the of­fences. Dur­ing mit­i­ga­tion, the ac­cused per­son pleaded with the court to be le­nient when pass­ing sen­tence.

Drunk

He told the court that the ve­hi­cle ac­tu­ally be­longed to his elder brother who was too drunk to drive. He al­leged that his brother sent him to buy food from the shop, with­out know­ing that he had also taken a few glasses of beer while they were at home.

“My fam­ily thinks that I do not take al­co­hol, which is why they sent me to the shop dur­ing a fam­ily gath­er­ing,” he said. He was ac­cord­ingly found guilty on both counts and was fined E1 200 and E500, re­spec­tively.

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