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One of the Metro police officers on the scene of Nkola Motata's alleged drunken driving accident went down on his knees to beg the judge to cooperate, the Johannesburg magistrate's court heard yesterday.
Witness Richard Baird, owner of the Hurlingham, Johannesburg, property into the wall of which Motata crashed his Jaguar, allegedly while drunk, said Motata was sitting in his car holding on to the steering whee,l and refusing to let go.
They were trying to arrest him but the accused "would not cooperate", Baird said.
A male Metro police officer then went down on his knees in an attempt to get him to cooperate.
Defence advocate Danie Dorfling pointed out that no other witnesses had mentioned the policeman getting on to his knees in their evidence.
"I'm giving my evidence and that's what I saw on the scene," Baird said.
Earlier Baird had testified that Motata's car keys had been taken away before he arrived on the scene.
Yet, Baird said, Motata blamed him for taking the keys, saying "these Boers" took my keys. Baird said he was the only white person on the scene.
"His comments are not valid comments," Baird said. "He was trying to portray himself as not being drunk."
During cross-examination Dorfling accused Baird of adapting his evidence.
He said Baird had at first said he had not mentioned in his statement to the police why he considered Motata to be drunk.
But on reading the statement it was clear that Baird had in fact mentioned Motata smelt of alcohol and was stumbling.
Baird said if there was a discrepancy in his testimony it was because he had not "rehearsed the statement". - Sapa