28-year-old Construction Project Manager Schalk Lubbe has been sentenced to nine months of house arrest and no driver’s licence for six months for killing a Milnerton head boy.
Schalk Lubbe was equally sentenced to 5 years imprisonment suspended for 5 years on the condition that he not be convicted of a similar offence ever again. Lubbe was convicted of culpable homicide for hitting and killing 18-year-old pedestrian Jake Wootton with his car in Hermanus on April 4, 2012. This was the first day of the Milnerton teen’s seaside holiday.
He was given a light sentence because he was a first time offender and it was believed that he showed remorse for his actions.
Lubbe was not accused of drinking and driving, because his blood samples had not been taken for tests immediately.
“No sentence can bring him back and for that you will have to live with your actions,” Judge Mouton said to Schalk Lubbe as he awaited his sentence in the dock on Friday 22 January.
She told Lubbe that as a reasonable driver, his duty that night should have been to have kept a proper watch on both lanes of the road while paying attention to pedestrians.
She said he had shown “flagrant disregard” for the safety of pedestrians he already knows existed.
“Coupled with that, even though your speed at the time was moderate and probably within the speed limits, it was not a safe speed under the circumstances.”
The Strand Regional Court found correctional supervision as a suitable sentence for Schalk Lubbe because he was a first time offender and he was remorseful.
“The offence that you have been convicted of Mr Lubbe is regarded in a serious light. A person has lost his life due to your negligence,” regional magistrate Franceline Mouton said as both families sat in court.
Schalk Lubbe is to remain under house arrest for 24 hours everyday, unless attending to his assigned community service, his occupation, or church.
He would not be allowed to take alcohol or unapproved substances, and would have to attend some life orientation and alcohol programmes.