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No ruling yet in Arno Carstens case



Musician Arno Carstens has to wait until November to hear whether he is guilty or not guilty of drunken driving.

On Wednesday, the former Springbok Nude Girls frontman appeared in the Cape Town District Court, where Magistrate Nasha Banwari heard closing argument and postponed the case to 4 November, when she is to deliver judgment in the case.

He has pleaded not guilty to a main charge of drunken driving, as well as not guilty to an alternative count of driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.21 percent (the limit is 0.05).

Carstens was arrested late at night in the Cape Town CBD in December 2010 after traffic officers on patrol noticed his Mercedes-Benz being driven erratically.

It was alleged during his protracted trial that he was unsteady on his feet and smelled strongly of liquor.

In Wednesday’s proceedings, prosecutor Andi Hess contended there was more than sufficient evidence for the court to convict Carstens of drunken driving.

She said Carstens had chosen not to testify in his defence, but having the right to do so did not mean there were no consequences for his silence.


Article and image source: Channel24