Man appears for head boy road death

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Cape Town - A Western Cape man has made his first appearance in court for the death of Milnerton High School's head boy, it was reported on Thursday.

The Cape Argus reported that Schalk Lubbe, 24, appeared in the Hermanus Magistrate's Court on Wednesday in connection with the death of 18-year-old Jake Wootton.

Wootton was knocked over when he and his friends were walking along Dirkie Uys street in Hermanus around 13:40 last April.

He suffered severe injuries and was declared dead three days later.

Prosecutor Harold Engelbrecht told the court that Lubbe was charged with drunken driving and culpable homocide for apparently driving negligently that night.

He asked for a three-month postponement.

Magistrate Preggy Govender reportedly asked why the State had decided to prosecute Lubbe, nearly a year after the crash, if it still needed time to investigate.

"The State only received the docket on 17 January and needs time to complete the investigation," Engelbrecht replied.

Lubbe was warned to return to court on 22 May.

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