WINDHOEK, 16 JUL – Medical doctor Yeukai Chiradza, who was found guilty on three charges of culpable homicide and negligent driving in the Karibib Magistrate’s Court, was on Friday sent to jail for three years.
Karibib police officers told Nampa upon enquiry on Sunday the doctor was sentenced to an effective three years and six months in prison.
All four charges stem from a car accident he was involved in in July 2015, in which three people lost their lives.
The deceased are Welmine Louw, her son Konrad Louw and her sister, Alet Junius.
The accident occurred on the Karibib-Usakos main road in the Erongo Region.
Chiradza pleaded not guilty to the charges against him when the trial began before Magistrate Uchen Konjore in the Karibib Magistrate’s Court on 22 March 2018.
Public Prosecutor Eden Amutenya represented the State.
Chiradza made headlines after a video clip of his vehicle being driven recklessly on the road between Otjiwarongo and Okahandja earlier this year, was circulated on social media.
In the video, Chiradza’s Mercedes Benz vehicle was seen driving towards oncoming vehicles. Several times, oncoming vehicles had to swerve off the road to avoid a head-on collision.
Chiradza, a Zimbabwean national, was in the employment of the Ministry Health and Social Services as a medical doctor based at Otjiwarongo and was suspended after the video surfaced.
The Otjiwarongo-Okahandja reckless driving case is still pending against the doctor in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court.