Jub Jub trial: Accused drove in single file

2011-10-12 13:56
Johannesburg - Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala were driving behind each other when they allegedly struck a group of schoolchildren, the Protea Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.

Accident reconstruction expert Renier Balt told the court the two Mini Coopers were driving in single file.

"Physical evidence did not confirm the grey Mini was on the right," he told the Soweto court.

He disputed the defence's version that the grey Mini Cooper was on the right and cut back to the left to make way for an oncoming car.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala face charges of murder, attempted murder and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

They were allegedly drag racing when one of their cars ploughed into a group of children in Protea North, Soweto, on March 8 2010, killing four boys and injuring two.

Defence lawyer Ike Motloung accused Balt of paying little attention to detail when he reconstructed the accident.

"I think there is a problem with the manner you conduct investigations," Motloung told Balt.

He said Balt had not attempted to establish why the two cars swerved to the left. Motloung submitted there was a car coming from the opposite direction, which was why the Mini Coopers veered left.

Motloung told Balt he had also not attempted to establish the starting point of the alleged drag race. Balt told the court he had not analysed the cellphone video of the alleged drag race.

He said he had seen the video, but could not analyse it because it was not given to him as evidence.

Maarohanye sat with his head bowed while Tshabalala held his head up listening to the proceedings.

The trial continues.
- SAPA
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