Advocate in court for drunken driving

2012-02-22 09:02

Cape Town - A former Western Cape acting judge has appeared in court for alleged drunken driving, according to a report on Wednesday.

Advocate Robert McDougall appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday after his blood alcohol level was allegedly found to be four times more than the legal limit, The Cape Times reported.

He was pulled over on Ladies Mile, in Bergvliet, more than a year ago.

In November, McDougall, 66, drove into Western Cape deputy judge president Jeanette Traverso with a golf cart while they were playing a round at the Royal Cape Golf Club.

Traverso's pelvis and shoulder were fractured in the accident and she had a number of internal injuries, including a punctured lung.

McDougall, who is a senior counsel with the Cape Bar, later told the Argus newspaper that it had been a freak accident.

  • Caryn - 2012-02-22 09:10

    lock him up!

  • Phillip - 2012-02-22 09:11

    Lock him up!!!

  • Marion - 2012-02-22 09:19

    I wonder if he was driving the golf cart when drunk...

      Roy - 2012-02-22 10:28

      Wonder if he had a license to drive the golf cart.Lol

  • Olivia - 2012-02-22 09:22

    Stupid fart, obviously needs to have his licence revoked permanently!

      Napolita - 2012-02-22 10:23

      "Stupid fart" ..? Unpleasant thing to say, not?

      Vanessa - 2012-02-22 10:41

      Really??? - no comment on what this person has done but you take offence to him being called a "fart" - I dont want to live on this planet anymore.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-02-22 16:49

      "I dont want to live on this planet anymore." seriously? where you gna go?

  • Gilbert - 2012-02-22 09:25

    Agg come on pls, where the hell do you need a licence to drive a golf cart on a golf course. It is not on the road and was recreational. Yes i feel bad that he mowed down the poor lady but how do they think that they are going to convict him for drunken driving if he was not on a public road. Next time i play golf i must watch for speed traps and fairway blocks.

      veronica.deanboshoff - 2012-02-22 09:31

      Read the article again, it says very clearly he was 'He was pulled over on Ladies Mile, in Bergvliet, more than a year ago and was 4 times over the limit' the golf saga is something different. Thats what happens when you are to quick to judge. As for him being over the limit he needs to go to jail, he of all people should know better. WAF!!!!

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-02-22 09:37

      These are two separate incidents. The one was on Ladies Mile, which is obviously a public road. This occurred over a year ago. The incident on the golf course occurred in November last year.

      Tuner - 2012-02-22 10:11

      Just read slooowwwlllyyy and perhaps you will grasp the article!

      Roy - 2012-02-22 10:30

      Read the article again,SLOWLY.

  • Janice - 2012-02-22 09:38

    OH OH!!! Someones idn deep sh*t!!!

      Peter - 2012-02-22 10:03

      Yes he will be because his name is not Motata.....

  • Glyn - 2012-02-22 09:43

    Lock the freak up!

  • Xoli - 2012-02-22 09:49

    We as the public finds the offender guilty...

  • jimmy.conroy1 - 2012-02-22 09:58

    He was as sober as a judge. Economical with the truth too. Must be a lawyer!

  • Holden - 2012-02-22 09:58

    Defendant: I was drunk as a Judge when I committed the offense. Judge: The expression is "sober as a Judge". Don't you mean "drunk as a Lord"? Defendant: Yes, my Lord.

      Marion - 2012-02-22 10:34

      Oh, you are very funny... roflmfao...

      Sharon - 2012-02-22 13:25

      LOL Nice spin, and very appropriate!

  • Peter - 2012-02-22 10:05

    He is white and his name is not Motata. He will probably be suspended(with no pay) and the fired.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-22 10:17

      Suspended from?

      Napolita - 2012-02-22 10:26

      Peter, do you think it's right that he "probably be suspended(with no pay) and the fired."?

      Marion - 2012-02-22 10:37

      Irrespective of his race, any judge found to be drunk as a lord (see Holden's comment above) is unsuitable to be a judge. Picture him in court: 'I sentence you to two years in jail, suspended for five years, and hereby revoke your license for two years'.

      thozi - 2012-02-22 11:10

      @ Peter Yeah, it makes sense: Suspended from acting as an acting judge and suspended from being paid as a supended acting judge and fired from acting as a suspended acting judge while being suspended from acting as an acting judge.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-22 13:18

      @thozi, it says A former Western Cape acting judge, please get facts right before you go wild again

      Sharon - 2012-02-22 13:59

      @ Paul, Thozi seems to have been hitting the coffee pot hard!! I diagnose caffeine-overdrive.

      Cindy - 2012-02-22 15:14

      Advocate McDougall (SC) is self-employed and is Senior Counsel at the Cape Bar... I think it highly unlikely that he is going to suspend himself without pay. I'm saddened to see that he has been charged with this offence and trust that the Court will arrive at a just decision and suitable censure should he be found guilty

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-22 10:07

    frak accident with 4 times the legal limit!!! i dont think so, Lock him up, NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW!!!!

      Martin - 2012-02-22 10:12

      Surely you have read the entire article and some of the comments above. The accident happened on a golf course with a golf cart and was a "freak accident". The 4 times legal limit happened in a different place, on a road in a car.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-22 10:18

      Trying reading an article before you comment French, or must I translate to French, I can't.

      Xoli - 2012-02-22 10:25

      Did you read the article? or did you jump straight to commenting cause you couldnt resist making yourself look like a fool...Eish

  • Roy - 2012-02-22 10:27

    Do what he would have done to someone if they appeared before him for drunken driving,PUT HIM IN JAIL. At his age he most probably,like Sheik & Celebe can apply for "Health Parole"

  • Cheslyn - 2012-02-22 10:27

    An old fart, farting around on the road and being a made a fart of in the media -He knows the law, and obviously thinks he is above the law -clearly education does NOT buy's a conscious decision at all times u take behind the wheel...lock him up!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-22 10:28

    And we should trust our judiciary and not force them to declare interests etc because they are such an upstanding and moral bunch of examples to the rest of us hey?

  • Gareth - 2012-02-22 10:41

    COME ON PEOPLE! READ THE STORY PROPERLY... These are two separate incidents. He was pulled over in his car over a year ago, but the golf cart accident was only 4 months ago.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-02-22 16:47

      dude i got it first time speak for yourself...

  • Schmee - 2012-02-22 13:13

    This is an awfully disjointed article.

  • Johnnie - 2012-02-22 20:59

    This man should be put away for a minimum of 5 years, so that he can have enough time to repent. He,as a legal man, should be made an example of.

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