Motorist who killed Milnerton head boy must go to jail - family

Schalk Lubbe. (Tammy Petersen, News24)
Schalk Lubbe. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Cape Town - The family of a Milnerton teenager killed in Hermanus while on holiday with friends, wants the driver of the car that rammed into him to be sent to jail.

This was despite the mother of Schalk Lubbe, 28, describing him as a good driver.

Jake Wootton's family cried as they listened to sentencing arguments in the Strand Regional Court on Tuesday.

Lubbe, from Onrus, was convicted of culpable homicide for Jake’s death in 2012.

The Woottons said their worst nightmare came true with a single phone call just before midnight on April 4 that year.

"Jake, his best mates [and their] girlfriends had just arrived in Hermanus at the start of their holiday. It was Jake’s first time there," family friend Diane Stokell read to the court from a statement.

"They had spent the day surfing and, after a dinner with the family they were staying with, had popped down into the town to explore.

"[On the way back] from the pub they had visited, Jake was run over. [He] did not regain consciousness.

"He passed away a few days later in Vincent Pallotti Hospital – the same hospital in which he was born on December 15 1993."

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

Jake’s death had a profound impact on his family, Stokell told the court.

"Susan, his mum, has been hospitalised on numerous occasions as she cannot come to terms with her loss.

"The family has been suffering financially because Steve, Jake’s dad, who runs his own electrical business which Jake was going to join after completing a degree post matric at Stellenbosch, can still hardly manage to get out of bed in the mornings and face the day."

The teenager, who was head boy at Milnerton High School, excelled academically and was an active sportsman and lifeguard. He was popular, charismatic, and charitable, the court heard.

"He was a kind-hearted soul who always wanted to help. It was to this end that he had signed an organ donor note, which was duly acted upon after his passing.

"The gift of Jake has helped three people, including a little girl who woke up on her third birthday with a new liver and a new life."

Steve told News24 he believed Lubbe used his car as a weapon.

"What is the difference between a gun and a car [if it results someone's death]?"

Lubbe’s mother, Loretta, told the court her son had changed drastically since the incident.

"He doesn’t want to go out or do anything and has lost his zest for life," she said tearfully.

The project manager at his family’s construction business had difficulty sleeping.

"The last four years have been hell," she said.

Regional Magistrate Franceline Mouton would hand down a sentence on Friday.

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