Police left Jub Jub accident scene ‘unattended’

2011-10-13 07:13

The trial of murder accused musician Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala is scheduled to enter its fourth day in the Protea Magistrates Court today.

Yesterday, the court heard that police had failed to secure the accident scene overnight after Maarohanye and Tshabalala allegedly killed four school pupils and seriously injured two.

State witness and accident reconstruction expert Renier Balt admitted under cross examination by Tshabalala’s lawyer, Mlungiseleli Sovithi, that the accident scene may have been contaminated overnight on March 8 last year.

In his 96-page report on the accident, Balt has recommended that police be trained in securing accident scenes.

Balt only arrived at the accident scene a day after the accident but metro police cordoned off the area while he did his work.

Earlier, Jub Jub’s lawyer Ike Motloung completed his cross-examination of Balt.

Balt testified that Jub Jub and Tshabalala were “partially” driving on the lane reserved for oncoming traffic when the accident happened.

The accident reconstruction expert told the court that there was no physical evidence that the duo was racing.

He denied Motloung’s accusations that his testimony was “patently biased”.

“It’s not biased but based on physical evidence,” Balt said.

He said the accident was due to driver error and that all the victims were walking on the pavement at the time it occurred.

Balt is expected to conclude his testimony, which started on Monday, today.

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