McBride has ‘sober personality’

2011-09-08 11:03

Former Ekurhuleni Metro police chief Robert McBride is an individual with a “sober personality”, the Pretoria Magistrates Court heard today.

Correctional services probation officer Joel Maringa said McBride should not be given a jail term because he could be rehabilitated.

“I find him to be a person of sober personality,” he told the court.

Testifying during sentencing proceedings in McBride’s drunken driving trial, Maringa said a jail term would be inappropriate as he had a family that depended on him financially.

McBride was found guilty in April of being drunk when he crashed his state car on the R511, near Hartbeespoort Dam, after a Christmas party in 2006. He was expected to be sentenced later today.

Maringa told the court McBride informed him that he preferred to pay a fine, instead of being sentenced to correctional supervision.

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