Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Molepolole man faces charges for causing deaths

A 31-year-old man of Molepolole Village is facing charges of causing the deaths of six people, after police investigations indicated that his reckless and dangerous driving along Molepolole-Lephepe road resulted in an accident in which six people died on the spot.

The road accident occurred in February this year.

Traffic Officer for Molepolole Police Station, Tuelo Komanyane, indicated that the man was driving an overloaded minibus above the speed limit and was on a church trip from Shoshong to Kanye Village.

Komanyane said that after assessing the conditions of the road, the mini bus and the driver, they found that his manner of driving was the major cause of the accident.

“Evidence shows that while he was drunk, he was also driving the overloaded mini bus at a very high speed and these factors contributed to the accident,” he said.

He noted that the driver lost control of the mini bus, which overturned and killed the 6 out of 17 passengers who were members of the Apostolic Faith Mission Church.

The Traffic Officer said the police station will next week forward the evidence to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) who are expected to peruse and give necessary advice on the findings.

He indicated that the evidence is adequate for the DPP to prosecute and, if found guilty, the man will be fined an amount of money between 10 and 30 thousand pula. The Investigating Officer of the accident said in default of payment, the driver could be sentenced for a period of not less than 5 years but not more than 15 years.

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