Vilakazi drunken driving trial fails to proceed again

2009-09-15 00:00

THE drunk driving trial of uMngeni municipal manager Dumisani Vilakazi again failed to proceed in the Mooi River Magistrate’s Court yesterday after the defence issued a late request for further particulars from the prosecution.

State prosecutor Brian Ross told magistrate Gerrie Muller that, in spite of the trial dates having been decided as far back as July 13, he was effectively given just five working days in which to provide the information the defence has requested.

The information comes as a 15-page document.

He said the state will need time to get the information.

Defence advocate Chris Snyman apologised to the court for filing his request for the further particulars at such a late stage in a trial.

He said the reason is that the office of the Director of Public Pro­secutions — to whom Vilakazi has made some representations — has been slow to give a formal response.

“I only recently had an informal response,” Snyman said.

Muller agreed to postpone the case until October 26 when the final trial date will be set down.

The further particulars asked for pertain, among other matters, to the camera equipment at Mooi River Toll Plaza, the printouts indicating times vehicles pass through the toll gates and details about the ana­lysis conducted on a blood specimen allegedly taken from Vilakazi.

Vilakazi is faced with a total of eight charges.

On the main count he is charged with driving while his blood alcohol level was 0,25g per 100 ml of blood.

The legal limit is 0,05 per 100 ml of blood.

He also faces charges of refusing to blow into breathalyzer equipment, defeating the administration of justice for allegedly having removed a number plate from his vehicle, reckless and negligent driving, malicious injury to property for allegedly kicking a police vehicle, resisting arrest, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm to traffic officer Trevor Andrews, and making a false statement under oath.

The charges arise from an accident in which Vilakazi’s Mercedes-Benz allegedly collided with a truck on the N3. The vehicle was allegedly written off as a result of the crash.

Vilakazi suffered a minor injury to his hand.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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