Table Mountain fire case postponed

Table Mountain fire case postponed

30 August 2006

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The Cape Town magistrate’s court has postponed until November 29 a drunkendriving case against a British tourist accused of starting the Table Mountainfire in which a woman tourist died in January.

The postponement was for a forensic report on Anthony Cooper’s blood-alcohollevel.

His blood sample was sent for analysis on January 31, prosecutor Mfundo Makubalotold the court on Wednesday in requesting the postponement.

Magistrate Ingrid Freitag granted the request despite an objection by defencecounsel Naseem Cassim, who argued that the last postponement was to have beenthe final one.

Freitag said courts were now allowing up to nine months for forensic reports indrink driving cases.

Cooper faces separate charges of culpable homicide and contravening the NationalVeld and Forest Fire Act for allegedly starting the fire. – Sapa


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