THE 48-year-old Esmerelda Benz, who stands accused of driving the car that killed 11-year-old Danelle Mouton on Saturday afternoon and fleeing from the scene of the tragedy, was freed on bail of N$6 000 after making her first appearance before the Rehoboth Magistrate’s Court.
Benz, who does not have a valid driver’s licence handed herself over to the Namibian Police in Rehoboth on Sunday.
The accused person made her first appearance before Magistrate Kandinawapa Nangombe on charges of culpable homicide, reckless and or negligent driving, failure to assist the victim after an accident and driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license.
Magistrate Nangombe formally informed the accused person, who solicited the services of a private lawyer before appearing in court, about the charges against her. The magistrate granted Benz bail of N$6 000 and postponed the case until 12 August to enable the police to investigate the matter further.
Rehoboth based lawyer, Winnie Christiaans, represented Benz during her appearance in court while prosecutor Abraham Abraham represented the State.
In the aftermath of the tragedy it came to light that shortly before the incident, Danelle and her two sisters were walking down the street in Kuvukiland. While they were walking Danelle’s older sister turned around to fetch their little sister who fell behind and when the three siblings were some distance apart from each other, tragedy struck.
The vehicle allegedly dragged the deceased child’s body some distance through several fences and eventually crashed into a shack where it came to a standstill. A person close to the Mouton family said bystanders had to lift the vehicle with their hands to enable paramedics to reach her little body that was stuck underneath.
The family friend said Danelle and her two siblings stayed with their mother, Ingrid, in another house not far from the shack where the tragedy occurred.