Pedes­trian knocked down by drunk driver

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Won­der­boy Dlamini

DRUNK-driv­ing still re­mains the lead­ing cause for fa­tal road ac­ci­dents.

Such reck­less be­hav­iour be­comes more dis­heart­en­ing when an in­no­cent pedes­trian is knocked down by a mo­tor ve­hi­cle which is un­der the con­trol of a driver whose abil­ity to make rea­son­able judge­ments has been greatly af­fected by al­co­hol. A case of a sim­i­lar na­ture was brought be­fore the Mag­is­trate’s Court after an al­leged drunk driver knocked down a pedes­trian.

Samke­liso Shongwe (32) of Emantabeni ap­peared be­fore Prin­ci­pal Mag­is­trate Du­misani Ma­gag­ula where he faced a charge of cul­pa­ble homi­cide. He was fur­ther charged with con­tra­ven­ing the Road Traf­fic Act after he was found to have im­bibed in al­co­hol be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel and sub­se­quently caus­ing an ac­ci­dent.

On the first count, the ac­cused per­son is said

to have wrong­fully and un­law­fully driven a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and knocked down a 42year-old pedes­trian who was later cer­ti­fied dead at Good Shep­herd Hospi­tal. The ac­ci­dent is said to have hap­pened along the Mh­lu­meni-Siteki road. On the sec­ond count, the ac­cused is charged with con­tra­ven­ing Sec­tion 122(1) and (2) of the Road Traf­fic Act 6 of 2007.

The ac­cused per­son is said to have driven a mo­tor ve­hi­cle while un­der the in­flu­ence of in­tox­i­cat­ing liquor. A breathal­yser test which was con­ducted on the ac­cused per­son is said to have in­di­cated that he had a con­tent of 1.14 mg/l of al­co­hol in his sys­tem, which is way above the le­gal limit which stands at 0.37 mg/l. Dur­ing his ap­pear­ance be­fore the court, the court was in­formed that the ac­cused per­son was em­ployed by Eswa­tini Elec­tric­ity Com­pany. The ac­cused per­son suc­cess­fully filed an ap­pli­ca­tion for bail which was granted at E2 000. This was after the crown did not op­pose the ap­pli­ca­tion. He was warned to re­turn to court for com­mence­ment of trial on Jan­uary 18.

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