It’s culpable homicide

2013-04-13 00:00

FOUR years down the line, soccer star Bryce Moon has been found guilty by the Randburg Magistrate’s Court of culpable homicide.

The Pietermaritzburg-born footballer knocked down a pedestrian, Mavis Ncube (25), while driving along Katherine Street, Sandton, in 2009, after a Bafana Bafana party.

Magistrate Vincent Pienaar acquitted Moon of attempted murder, negligent and reckless driving and of driving under the influence of alcohol, Eyewitness News reports.

Pienaar said he rejected Moon’s version of the events as “clearly false”. Evidence from the scene including skid marks and Ncube’s injuries showed that Moon had been speeding.

Ncube, a Zimbabwean, worked as a housekeeper at a guesthouse in Sandton. She was walking to work when she was hit by Moon’s Mercedes Benz at around 6 am.

She died of her injuries at the Morningside Clinic.

Her employer, Nancy Turner, told Weekend Witness: “I guess it’s nice to find closure, but are we happy or ecstatic? Nothing can change what happened.”

Turner said the accident happened on Ncube’s day off, but she had been asked to come in for a day. Although she lived at the guesthouse in the week, Ncube was also renting a backyard room at a township about 30 km from Sandton.

“It’s a tragedy for everyone. He [Moon] lost his aspiring soccer career,” said Turner.

“One thing he needs to realise is that one incident has a ripple effect on everyone.”

She said Ncube used to send money to her family every month and had a 15-year-old son in Zimbabwe.

Moon had claimed there was no way he could have avoided crashing into Ncube because she ran into the road in front of him while he was swerving to avoid her cousin.

Advocate Naren Sangham, for Moon, said he would appeal the judgment.

Moon is based at Bidvest Wits football club, even though he is still contracted to SuperSport United. Bidvest Wits CEO Jose Ferreira said they did not want to pre-empt the court’s findings because the case was not yet finalised.“We’ll only make a decision then,” he told Weekend Witness.

Moon said he will only comment about the judgment on April 22, when sentencing is due to take place.

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