‘Hit and run’ driver released

2009-09-22 00:00

A SUSPECTED hit-and-run driver, arrested by a local taxi owner shortly after the man allegedly knocked down and seriously injured a young boy last week, has been released without making a court appearance.

The prosecutor found the docket lacking in evidence to proceed with the case.

However, once police have completed the investigations requested by the court, the accused can either be re-arrested or summoned to appear in court to face charges, The Witness was told.

SAPS spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed in response to inquiries from The Witness that the docket was sent to court on Friday, but was returned to the police yesterday with a request to conduct further investigations.

“It appears that there is some documentation or evidence that the court requires which was allegedly not in the docket,” he said.

Court officials said the docket did not contain eyewitness statements but merely “hearsay” evidence, which is insufficient to enrol a case.

The prosecutor has noted the further investigations to be carried out by police before submitting the docket again for consideration.

The Witness established that one of the statements reques­ted by the pro­secutor is that of the victim in the accident.

According to police, however, the boy remains in a serious condition in hospital and cannot yet be interviewed.

Members of the public have praised the conduct of local taxi owner Thabani Ngubane, who chased after the alleged hit-and-run driver in the wake of the accident in Berg Street on September 17.

The Witness reported that he caught up with the fleeing driver in Old Greytown Road, confiscated his car keys and forced him to wait for the police.

Seven-year-old Siphesihle Mlotshwa was severely injured when he was hit by a maroon Golf GTI while on his way home from school.

Blood was drawn from the accused to determine whether or not he was under the influence of alcohol.

The Witness was told yesterday that the results of the test are still outstanding.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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