Drunk judge sentenced

2009-09-10 11:08

NORTH Gauteng High Court Judge Nkola Motata has been sentenced to a R20 000 fine or 12 months’ imprisonment by Magistrate Desmond Nair in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court for drunk driving.

Motata’s sentencing yesterday ends over two years of investigations by his and state legal aids, consultation from cellphone recording expects, evidence from the Johannesburg Metro police and other unnecessary delays.

On the night of January 6 2007, Motata crashed his luxury vehicle into the wall of a property belonging to businessman Richard Baird in Hurlingham, north of Johannesburg, while drunk.

Passing judgment in the afternoon, Nair said that he took Motata’s age, the fact that he is a first time offender and the degree of his intoxication into consideration.

Earlier, Motata’s legal aid, senior advocate Bantubonke Tokota, requested Nair to be lenient because the two year long trial had taken its toll on his client – mentally and financially.

It was agreed that Motata pay the fine in two instalments of R10 000, the first coming not later than the last day of next month and the second before November 30.

After the proceedings Tokota told journalists outside the court that his client was going to appeal the sentence. “This chapter is not closed as far as we are concerned.”


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