Hanson case: no bail for taxi driver

2008-08-25 00:00

REFUSING bail for taxi driver Lucky Mbonambi, accused of the murder of traffic officer Desmond Hanson, Pietermaritzburg magistrate Amanda Bezuidenhout said yesterday that at no stage was it denied that Mbonambi was the driver who caused the death of Hanson.

She said investigating officer Detective Inspector Robin Mays told the court that there was a strong prima facie case against Mbonambi, who is charged with the murder of an on-duty law enforcement officer.

Mays said Mbonambi swerved his taxi towards Hanson, who had run into Peter Kerchhoff Street to stop Mbonambi. Hanson was dragged about 30 metres by Mbonambi’s taxi, which came to a stop when it mounted a pavement and hit a pole.

Other traffic officers and an off-duty policeman saw the incident and will testify.

Legal Aid Board attorney Nico Kinners had contended for Mbonambi that the running down of Hanson could have been accidental, but whether it was deliberate or not will be determined by the trial court, said Bezuidenhout.

She said Mays told the court that Mbonambi might abscond.

— Own Correspondent.

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