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Reckless driving: Gibbs' mom fined

2010-07-23 18:11

Cape Town - Barbara Gibbs, 56-year-old mother of Proteas cricketer Herschelle Gibbs, was sentenced to a fine of R3 000 or 12 months jail on Friday, on a charge of reckless driving.

Her appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court, before Magistrate Sylvia Mandla, was a sequel to a motor collision on March 14 last year, following her arrest the same month.

At a hearing in the Athlone Magistrate's Court in October last year, she faced charges of drunken driving, with reckless driving as an alternative.

Because the case had already dragged on for eight months, with the investigation still not completed, the Athlone Court refused a postponement, which forced the withdrawal of the charges.

However, with the consent of the Western Cape Directorate for Public Prosecutions, the case was reinstituted - but only on the reckless driving charge.

The withdrawal of the drunk driving charge was due to the fact that Gibbs had not been taken for a blood test at the time of her arrest, as she should have been.

At Friday's proceedings, defence attorney Peter Whelan contended that the reckless driving charge was "minor in nature", but Mandla agreed with prosecutor Jonas Phoshoke that reckless driving was the cause of many motor collisions, which in fact made it a serious offence.

The magistrate said Gibbs had shown remorse, but that remorse did not render the offence less serious.
She said both vehicles had been damaged in the collision, but that the issue of damages had to be resolved in a civil claim.