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Bryce Moon's car 'doing over 120km/h'

2012-03-27 12:31

Johannesburg - The driver of soccer player Bryce Moon's car was going faster than 120km/h in a 60km/h zone shortly before an accident in which a woman died, the Randburg Magistrate's Court heard on Tuesday.

The driver of the Mercedes-Benz coupe exceeded 120km/h when entering the curve of a road in an urban residential area, metro police officer Hugo Theunissen told the court.

Moon's trial on charges of murder and drunken driving started in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

He allegedly hit Mavis Ncube with his Mercedes-Benz in Sandhurst, Johannesburg, on June 30, 2009.

Theunissen said the accident was caused only by human error.

"By exceeding the speed of 120km/h in the curve of the road, it caused the vehicle to drift before leaving the road," he said.

In his opinion, Moon had driven recklessly and negligently, with no regard for pedestrians, Theunissen testified.

"It is clear that the driver did not concentrate on the road."

He said it was clear that the driver had not attempted to steer the vehicle to the right after entering the curve, to keep the vehicle on the road.

He used toy cars to illustrate what the normal reactions would be of a driver threatened by an obstruction from the side.

Moon's lawyer Naren Sangham would cross-examine Theunissen later.

Comments
  • John - 2012-03-27 12:43

    punishment must be to the full extent of the law.

  • Nick - 2012-03-27 12:51

    How and who determined that the car was travelling at 120kph ? Did I miss something ?

      Deon - 2012-03-27 13:19

      Injuries to the woman, damages to the car and road could be a good indicator of the speed the driver was going.

      Nosiphom - 2012-03-27 13:40

      You obviously never did any physics in your life!

      SaleƩ - 2012-03-27 16:23

      @nosiphom - Nick's was a fair question, with no malice behind it. It's ok to ask, if you do not know something. Yes, he probably could do with some physics, but I could do with some rocket science too. Nick, ditto Deon's comment. Considering that Theunissen is a "police officer", his testimony could be challenged on the basis that he is not qualified to make the conclusions he has made. The article does not say whether he was reading from an expert's report or not. I hope he was. That...is what I have missed...and what nosiphom could think some more about too.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-27 17:03

      nick people just guestimate things... you from the past?

  • Ashley - 2012-03-27 13:32

    The driver of soccer player Bryce Moon's car was going faster than 120km/h. who was the driver?

      Sam - 2012-03-27 13:45

      Probably just legal phrasing as they've yet to establish that Bryce was the driver.

      ludlowdj - 2012-03-27 13:51

      Moon although he will deny all knowledge as is usual and tie up the courts in years of legal mumbo jumbo and double speak.

  • Khaya - 2012-03-27 13:34

    Register and report bad driving online on www.ReportMe.co.za and make our roads safe again.

      SaleƩ - 2012-03-27 16:33

      ReportMe is likely to lead to the unfair dismissal or employees. Employers should think twice before acting on online reports from "members of the public". Every single one of those reported offenses must be verified, before acted upon - not by a mere call to the online reporter (one-sided account), but by something such as recklessness that has been proved in a court of law or admitted by the driver. ReportMe on its own is quite useless, IMHO. Employers still need to do their own homework.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-27 13:48

    Charge him with murder and lock the man up already or will we have more 5 and 6 year cases like juju and company?????

      Sylvia - 2012-03-27 14:02

      Don't you mean jubjub? I can't believe how these open and shut reckless driving cases, drag on forever, wasting the courts time and the taxpayers money.

      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-03-27 16:14

      pls SA justice lock them up we are tired to those ppl they are driving i dont care in our raod

  • Derk - 2012-03-27 14:01

    Well in June it will be 3 years ago this happened,how many more years is this case going to drag on for?

  • Eidel - 2012-03-27 19:56

    In Australia your drivers license get suspended automatically irrespective the sentence for a minimum period of Six months if you exceed the speed limit by more than 45km/h. I would like to see in being enforces in South Africa. More than 60km/h over it should be suspended for life. You will have to apply and pass the necessary tests again before you are allowed to drive a vehicle again. But then again what about the blue light brigades that terrorized our roads, and those with friends in high places. Maybe it will even increase corruption

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