No legal aid for Dippenaar in civil lawsuit

23 September 2021 | Justice

ERWIN LEUSCHNER

SWAKOPMUND

Close to seven years after a devastating traffic accident near Henties Bay, which claimed six lives, a trial date is set to be fixed in the civil case in the High Court.

The criminal case against Jandré Dippenaar is set to continue next month.

Dippenaar has to find a lawyer though - the Directorate for Legal Aid will not provide him with a lawyer in the civil proceedings.

Dippenaar was given until November 2 to hire his own lawyer.

On that day, a new trial date is to be fixed, according to the latest court order. Due to the large number of cases heard in the High Court, the matter will most likely only proceed in the coming year.

Broke

Originally, the civil trial was set to begin in May, but the matter was postponed as Dippenaar appeared in court without a lawyer. He could no longer afford to pay his defence attorney, Petrie Theron.

Dippenaar unsuccessfully applied for legal aid at the beginning of April.

According to a status report, Dippenaar now intends to borrow money for hiring a new lawyer.

Dippenaar is being sued for close to N$11 million.

The plaintiff, German national Antonia Joschko, accuses him of negligently causing a head-on collision near Henties Bay on 29 December 2014. Joschko was the sole survivor. She lost her father, Markus Joschko (48), her mother, Stephanie Schermuck-Joschko (49), and sister, Alexandra Joschko (19).

Three Namibians also died in the crash: Dinah Pretorius (30), Charlene Schoombe (24) and Jan-Carel Horn (27).

Apart from the civil action, Dippenaar is charged with six counts of murder, reckless or negligent driving, fraud and driving without a valid driver's licence.

The criminal matter before the regional court in Swakopmund is set to resume on October 18. There he is represented by Petrie Theron and Advocate Louis Botes.

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