Swazi Observer manager arrested
MBABANE – Swazi Observer Human Resources Manager Rudolph Narvis was arrested for drink – driving over the past weekend.
Narvis was arrested on Saturday morning next to Checkers in Mbab-ane.
He appeared before Principal Magistrate Nondumiso Simelane yesterday where he pleaded guilty.
When his right of legal representation was read to him, he elected to conduct his own defence.
The Crown accepted his plea without leading evidence and Magistrate Simelane convicted him according to his own plea.
In the charge sheet it is stated that Narvis unlawfully drove his vehicle along Checkers road while under the influence of liquor or a substance with narcotic effect and in the process contravened Section 91 (1) of the Road Traffic Act.
In mitigation, Narvis pleaded with the court to be lenient as he was on his way to fetch his son when the law enforcers arrested him.
"Your Worship, I was on my way to fetch my son in the morning when the police arrested me and it was not my intention to commit the offence. I also plead that the court be lenient with me since I am a first offender," he said.
Narvis who was out on bail also requested the court to convert his bail to form part of the fine. After his arrest he was admitted to E1 500 bail.
Before passing sentence Magistrate Simelane said she had considered that he was a first offender and pleaded guilty which is a sign of remorse.
"The court finds you guilty as charged and you are sentenced to one month imprisonment with a fine option of E1 500. The bail you paid will be converted to the fine," she said.
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