If I crave for booze, I'll read the Bible'
MANZINI - Kwaluseni Member of Parliament, Mabhanisi Dlamini’s brother, told the magi-strates court that he would never drink alcohol and if he craved it, he would read the Bible.
Phumulani Dlamini (36) of St George’s Barracks, employed by the Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Force (USDF), appeared before Magistrate Sindisiwe Zwane charged with contravening three traffic laws.
According to information presented before court, on Saturday. Dlamini was arrested and charged for driving a Ford Focus while under the influence of alcohol at Ka-Ndlunganye.
He was also charged for refusing to provide a breath specimen when required to do so by Constable Lushaba from the Matsapha Police Station.
He also drove an unroadworthy vehicle.
The Ford Focus had worn out shock absorbers.
Dlamini pleaded guilty to all the three charges and apologised.
He said if he had a craving for alcohol, he would simply reach out for his Bible and read it.
"Your Worship, I have faced all the consequences for committing the offences. I would like to promise the court that I will never drink alcohol again," he said.
He said he had six children who solely depended on him.
For driving under the influence of alcohol, he was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment with an option of a E1 500 fine.
For refusing to provide a breath specimen and for driving a vehicle with worn out shock absorbers, he was sentenced to five months imprisonment with an option of E500 fine for each count.
Dlamini paid E2 500 and was released from custody yesterday.
Two years for man with highest alcohol
MANZINI - A man with the highest alcohol content in his system was sentenced to two years imprisonment.
However, Sihle Dlamini’s sentence had an option of a E2 000 fine.
Magistrate Sindisiwe Zwane asked him why he drank so much alcohol.
Dlamini apologised and said it was a mistake. The alcometre reading was 1.53mg/l, way above the legal limit of 0.38 mg/l and Magistrate Zwane warned him against drinking so much alcohol and driving a vehicle.
The magistrate said alcohol reduced the reasoning and thinking ability of motorists, thus contributes to serious car accidents countrywide.
Dlamini was arrested at ka-Ndlunganye while driving a Toyota sedan.
He pleaded guilty to the offence.
I’ll only drink juice now, court told
MANZINI – A man who drove while drunk said he was regretting the act, such that he had decided to start drinking only 100 per cent pure juice.
Elton Henwood was facing three charges when he appeared before Manzini Magistrate Joe Gumede on Saturday.
In the first count, he was charged with drink- driving, in the second count he was charged with failing to produce a driver’s licence, while in the other count he was charged with overloa-ding. He said he was coming from Zakhele, heading for Trelawney Park when police arrested him.
"I did not mean to overload. It’s just that one of the men I was with urgently needed to go and see his girlfriend, who had accidentally cut herself. The girl’s mother was distraught and did not know what to do, which is why we had to rush there," he said. Henwood was sentenced to E1 000 for drink-driving, E500 for driving without a driver’s licence and E100 for overloading.
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