Wednesday, April 28, 2010

McBride's defence: diabetes-related symptoms and coincidental brewery breath

Sagathevan said during the examination he had been given "direct suggestion" by both McBride and his cousin that he take blood from Stanley Sagathevan and send it to the laboratory under the guise that it was from the former police chief.

SHOOT: Deny deny deny.
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Pretoria - Former Ekurhuleni Metro police chief Robert McBride was not sober hours after he crashed his car in December 2006, the doctor who treated him on the day told the Pretoria Regional Court on Wednesday.
"From the examination he was not sober," Inbanathan Sagathevan told the court.
"His demeanour on this examination was different, he was overly friendly and very casual," he said.
Sagathevan said on other occasions when he treated McBride for diabetes and hypertension he had always been formal.
He said: "He also had bloodshot eyes and he was not walking with a proper balance."
Sagathevan said McBride smelled of alcohol. When prosecutor, Christo Roberts, asked Sagathevan if he felt McBride was capable of driving, he responded "no, not at all".
McBride faces charges of fraud, defeating the ends of justice and drunk driving after crashing his state-owned Chevrolet Lumina following an EMPD Christmas party in December 2006 on the R511, near Hartbeespoort Dam.
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