McBride sentencing postponed

2011-07-15 11:01

Sentencing procedures in the drunk driving trial of former Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride were postponed today until September 8.

A probation officer who was supposed to present a report to the court was on leave.

McBride was found guilty in April of being drunk at the wheel when he crashed his state car on the R551 after a Christmas party in 2006.

He was also convicted of defeating the ends of justice and was acquitted on a count of fraud.

The fraud charge relates an allegedly forged medical certificate he obtained from a doctor finding “no proof of alcohol consumption”.

McBride had claimed that, at the time of the crash, he was not drunk but suffering from the side-effects of medication, and that a colleague, Stanley Sagathevan, was driving his car that night.

However, witnesses told the court McBride was drunk because he slurred his words, had difficulty walking and smelled of alcohol.

McBride’s bail was extended during his appearance today.

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