Killer taxi driver seeking appeal

2012-03-30 14:22
Bloemfontein - Western Cape taxi driver Jacob Humphreys is seeking leave to appeal against his prison sentence for killing 10 children in 2010.

He filed an application to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein on Thursday.

Humphreys approached the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Lex Mpati, directly for leave to appeal against the Western Cape High Court's judgment on the merits and sentencing.

High Court Judge Robert Henney sent Humphreys to jail for an effective sentence of 20 years imprisonment at the end of February.

He was convicted of murder following a taxi accident on 25 August 2010 at the Buttskop level crossing in Cape Town.

While taking children to school, Humphreys overtook a row of cars, ignored safety signals and proceeded over the tracks.

A train hit the taxi, killing 10 of the children. Four others were seriously injured.

Henney denied an application for leave to appeal the matter on the day of the sentencing.

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