Deputy Prosecutor General Gets Temporary Relief From Charges

ONE of the drunken driving charges faced by a senior staff member of the Office of the Prosecutor General, Deputy Prosecutor General Jackson Kuutondokwa, was provisionally withdrawn in the Windhoek Regional Court yesterday.

During a court appearance by Kuutondokwa before Magistrate Sarel Jacobs, public prosecutor Seredine Jacobs told the magistrate she had instructions from the PG’s office to provisionally withdraw charges against Kuutondokwa pending the conclusion of the investigation of another case in which he is also charged with drunken driving.

Depending on the outcome of that investigation the PG could decide to have the charges in both cases consolidated in order to have Kuutondokwa stand trial in a single case, the prosecutor said.

Kuutondokwa (57) was due to stand trial before Magistrate Jacobs on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor, alternatively driving with an excessive blood alcohol level or reckless and negligent driving.

Those charges originate from an incident in which Kuutondokwa allegedly drove his car under the influence of alcohol when the vehicle was involved in a collision with another car in Katutura on 8 April 2012.

The charges against Kuutondokwa in connection with that incident were pending when he was again arrested on a similar charge of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor, alternatively driving with an excessive blood alcohol level, in Windhoek on 15 June this year. The investigation that has to be completed is in respect of that case.

Kuutondokwa has to appear again in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura in connection with the case dating from June on 2 September.

He is free on bail of N$1 000 in that case.

Defence lawyer Sisa Namandje represented Kuutondokwa with his court appearance yesterday.

Source : The Namibian

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