Motorist gets 9 months' house arrest for killing Milnerton head boy

Cape Town- Nine months’ house arrest and no driver’s licence for six months was the sentence a motorist received on Friday for killing a Milnerton head boy.

Construction project manager Schalk Lubbe, 28, also received five years’ imprisonment, suspended for five years on condition he not be convicted of a similar offence.

The Strand Regional Court found correctional supervision was a suitable sentence because he was a first offender and it believed he had shown remorse.

“The offence that you have been convicted of Mr Lubbe is regarded in a serious light. A person has lost his life due to your negligence,” regional magistrate Franceline Mouton said as both families sat in court.

He was convicted of culpable homicide for hitting 18-year-old pedestrian Jake Wootton with his car in Hermanus on April 4, 2012. It was the first day of the Milnerton teen’s seaside holiday.

Lubbe was acquitted of drunken driving, as blood samples had not immediately been taken.

“No sentence can bring him back and for that you will have to live with your actions,” Mouton said to Lubbe as he stood in the dock.

Addressing aggravating factors, she told Lubbe that his duty as a reasonable driver that night was to have kept a proper lookout on both lanes of traffic while exiting a traffic circle.

She said he had shown “flagrant disregard” for the safety of pedestrians he was already aware of when exiting.

“Coupled with that, even though your speed at the time was moderate and probably within the speed limits, it was not a safe speed under the circumstances.”

Lubbe would remain under house arrest 24 hours a day, unless attending community service, his occupation, or church.

He would not be allowed to use alcohol or unapproved substances, and would have to attend life orientation and alcohol programmes.

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