Dippenaar trial to resume next week

SWAKOPMUND

17 November 2017 | Justice

Jessica Botes

The trial of Jandré Dippenaar is set to resume in the Swakopmund Regional Court this week and is expected to proceed until the end of November.

Dippenaar faces six counts of murder, reckless and negligent driving, fraud and non-possession of a valid driver's licence and other charges in connection with a fatal car crash near Henties Bay on 29 December 2014.

The only other survivor of the crash, Antonia (Toni) Klara Joschko (19), recounted harrowing details of the accident which claimed the lives of her entire family. She recalled the moments just after the accident when she held the hand of her sister, Alexandra Marlene, as bystanders tried to free her from the wreckage. Her father, Walter Helmut (48), and mother, Stephanie Dorothea Schemick (49), also perished in the accident.

Antonia was called to the stand in July as a state witness in the trial against Dippenaar.

It is alleged that Dippenaar was in the process of overtaking another vehicle when he smashed into the Joschko's oncoming vehicle about 12 km outside Henties Bay towards Swakopmund. The vehicle which Dippenaar was driving burst into flames while the passengers were still trapped in the vehicle.

The other victims, and the accused's passengers, were Dinah Pretorius (30), Charlene Schoombe (24) and J C Horn (27).

Dippenaar is also accused of fraudulently acquiring a driver’s licence, and that he did not have a valid licence. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges, claiming that he had a valid license which he acquired legally, and that he could not remember anything from the accident. In his plea he stated he that he had done nothing to intentionally cause the accident or the deaths.

The trial was postponed in July by magistrate Gaynor Poulton to 20 November for continuation of trial after the accused’s legal representative, adv. Louis Botes, concluded his cross-examination on Antonia.

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