MORNE Mouton, the young man who in a car accident killed three people when he was just a teenager, amongst the dead a city police officer, was yesterday granted bail in the Katutura Regional Court where his matter was last week transferred for sentencing.
The 23-year-old made his first court appearance in the regional court on Wednesday after Magistrate Vanessa Stanley transferred the matter to the regional court on the basis that the magistrate’s court has no jurisdiction to order sentences longer than five years.
The accident happened in 2015 and resulted in on-duty city police officer, Manfred Gaoseb, was two other civilians, Werner Simon and Joshua Ngenokesho, dying on the spot.
Three culpable homicide charges were opened against Mouton, who pleaded not guilty and denied that he was drunk when the accident occurred.
Magistrate Stanley acquitted Mouton on the reckless driving and drunken driving charges, but found him guilty of culpable homicide.
Yesterday, Mouton was granted bail in the amount of N$5 000, pending his sentencing on 3 February 2021.
This will give the new presiding officer a chance to peruse the court record.
Sisa Namandje is representing Mouton, while Fillemon Nyau is representing the state.