Stander - taxi driver found guilty

2015-04-30 14:55
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On Friday Njabulo Nyawose was found guilty of culpable homicide and failure to obey a road sign.

Photo: candyce krishna On Friday Njabulo Nyawose was found guilty of culpable homicide and failure to obey a road sign.

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AFTER more than two years, judgment has finally been passed in the trial involving taxi driver Njabulo Nyawose (24) who collided with Olympic cyclist, Burry Stander, killing him in January­ 2013.

Nyawose was, on Friday, found guilty of culpable homicide and failure to obey a road sign by Magistrate­ Charmaine Barnard at Port Shepstone Magistrateand#039;s Court.

Nyawose was travelling along Marine Drive in Shelly Beach when he unlawfully made a turn over a solid line into Stott Street, knocking Stander off his bicycle. Stander sustained severe injuries, resulting in his death.

Barnard’s conclusion, based on the evidence submitted by the state and the defence, was that Nyawose could have avoided the crash.

Standerand#039;s mother Mandie wept as judgment was passed. Her husband Charles and family members were also in court.

Witnesses testified that Nyawose overtook several vehicles on his way from Port Shepstone to Shelly Beach prior to the accident.

Barnard said that a reasonable person would not overtake vehicles on the oncoming lane especially when traffic was heavy.

and#034;A reasonable person would take more care in these conditions and be more cautious. The court therefore finds the accused drove negligently, causing a collision, and that he failed to obey a road sign and overtook over a solid line,and#034; added Barnard.

The deceased was wearing red and white and was in clear view of them, she said. Nyawose’s bail was extended and sentencing will take place on 27 May

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