Day two of Jub Jub judgment underway

2012-10-11 11:54
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Jub Jub judgement

Judgement is underway in the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto for Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and his co-accused. See all the pictures from inside the court.

Johannesburg - The Protea Magistrate's Court began day two of delivering its verdict in the murder trial of musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala on Thursday.

The courtroom started filling up shortly after proceedings began.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala sat in the dock looking at magistrate Brian Nemavhidi as he recalled evidence given in the trial that started in 2010.

The two were allegedly drag-racing in Mdlalose Street, Protea North, on March 8, 2010 when they crashed into a group of schoolchildren. Four boys were killed and two seriously injured.

They are charged with murder, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and failing to asses the injuries of the victims. Both accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Nemavhidi read that the accident reconstruction expert concluded that the cars were driving at 109km/h and 112km/h on the 60km/h stretch of road.

"He concluded that the severity of the accident could have been avoided if the driver of the blue Mini Cooper [Tshabalala's] had not exceeded 60km/h," Nemavhidi read.

"He concluded that the two vehicles were racing... It is impossible that the blue Mini Cooper bumped the grey Mini Cooper [Maarohanye's]."

This contradicted evidence given by Maarohanye during the trial. He told the court that he heard a loud bang as Tshabalala's car hit the rear of his car, causing him to hit the curb and then a tree.

Nemavhidi started handing down judgment on Wednesday, summarising the testimony of 20 witnesses.

Friends and family of the schoolchildren, and of Tshabalala and Maarohanye, were present.

- SAPA
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