Widow’s anger as case is dropped

2010-08-17 00:00

THE widow of Chris Moller, the SuperSport rugby commentator who died in a car accident in 2008, was dealt a heavy blow when she recently learnt that the culpable homicide case resulting from his death was withdrawn from court last month.

Susan Moller, of Cape Town, said the investigating officer told her early this month that the case of her husband’s death was withdrawn from the Durban Magistrate’s Court in June because it lacks witnesses. The only eyewitness to the accident, which happened on Masabalala Yengwa (NMR) Avenue next to Absa Stadium in October 2008, has since left the country.

The witness is Dave Steward, who worked for the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban; he is thought to have moved to Britain.

Now Moller is appealing to anyone who might have seen the accident to come forward because she wants justice to be done about her husband’s death. She has also appealed to anyone who might help to locate Steward.

“A detective told me that Steward has left the country, and he thinks he might have moved to Britain. He said that he even tried to locate him through the Interpol,” said the widow.

Moller (48), who broadcast in Afrikaans, was killed as he prepared to leave Durban for Cape Town after covering a Sharks-Lions Absa Currie Cup. He was driving on Masabalala Yengwa Avenue to Durban International Airport when a vehicle driving in the opposite direction went out of control and crashed into his hired car at about 7.30 am.

Dave Steward was jogging on the road at the time, and he was apparently the only person who gave a statement to the police and was prepared to testify.

“Dave Steward’s contact numbers were on my husband’s luggage, which was sent to me from Durban. When I phoned him in April 2009 he told me how the accident happened.

“The case has been through six investigating officers and none of them has spoken to Dave Steward. The court had instructed the investigating officer to get him to come to testify in court, but they could not locate him,” she said.

She said that at one stage the case was postponedagain because the defence lawyers wanted to study pictures taken at the scene.

“An investigating officer also could not locate the detective who took statements at the scene, because he had resigned,” said Moller.

Moller received the news of her husband’s death as she was driving to collect him from Cape Town International Airport.

“It was very painful to lose my husband. Now the person who caused the accident is walking free because police could not do their job.

“If they had not delayed the case, Dave Steward would not have left before testifying,” she said.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Mdunge said the case was provisionally withdrawn on June 7 while police are trying to locate the main witness.

“It is believed that he has moved to the UK. The case was delayed by the investigation,” said Mdunge.

Moller has asked anyone who can help her to take the case back to court to contact her at 072 932 5393.

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