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.

  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-03-30 14:37

    You receive a measly 20 years for killing 10 kids and you still want to appeal??? WTF is wrong with you you heartless f%^ker!

      J-Man - 2012-03-30 15:50

      IN this country, its possible to get away with a lot these days...just look at the "leaders"....who "lead by example"....

  • winston.mullany - 2012-03-30 14:40

    Hope someone takes him out! Kills 10 kids and still wants to appeal his sentence!!!!! He should rot!!

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-03-30 14:41

    No, you can go fek yourself Jacob... You must go to jail and suffer in their. Its not enough to pay back the heartache and pain you've caused for the families of those 10 children. You are also just the start of the example that must be made of Taxi Drivers in general....

  • Shirley - 2012-03-30 14:42

    Man up and do the time! You still have a life-your victims dont!

  • Alan - 2012-03-30 14:42

    2 years per child is far to cheap he should of got 20 life terms. With out the chance of parole. I pitty the parents who eventualy got justice and now there is a chance that this will be overturned. He should be sent to the gallows 20 times with out knowing when the hangman is going to pull the lever for the trapdoor to open.

  • Margaret Nhlapo - 2012-03-30 14:55

    this guy is crazy parents lost their kids and when he is trying to appeal. life sentance is good for him. i just wonder how he sleeps at nite imagining those tinny kids body covered in body crying for help life sentance will suit the guy

  • gregmcdavid - 2012-03-30 14:56

    Jacob... you belong in goal! Stop wasting the courts time!

  • Eli - 2012-03-30 15:07

    This guy should have been given life. some guy just got 12 years or something just for raping his wife... this oke Disobeys traffic rules and regulations, does his own thing and gets 10 kids killed and he only gets 20 years. The legal system is so screwed up! How do they even figure that out??!?!?!!? Makes me so angry! You must suffer for life like the parents of those ten kids will suffer for the rest of their lives!

  • eradingoana - 2012-03-30 15:08

    Surely another court can give him 10 life sentences instead of 20 years. Rhino poachers get life sentences but murderers get 2 years for murder. Hope the Appeal court can speed up the application to give him what he really deserve because he is not satisfied with the 20 years for 10 young dead bodies

      Emille - 2012-03-30 15:31

      Our justice system is a joke.

  • ReportMe - 2012-03-30 15:11

    Report bad driving online on

  • Martin - 2012-03-30 15:17

    I don't think that murder was intended on his part. Stupidity was. If he got his appeal and I were the judge, I would agree that a mistake had been made, and extend his sentence to 20 years per child to run consequetively.

  • Christopher - 2012-03-30 15:42

    Is this killer for real? He should have swung for what he did. 20 years is nothing compared to the grief and sorrow he caused - and the fact that he showed no remorse for his stupidity and callousness.

  • Niel.Kal - 2012-03-30 15:52

    There is no way in hell he should be given a lighter sentence.. that will make our justice system look even stupider than it already does..

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-03-30 15:53

    really, it thing we should change it to 10years for each child dumb idiot, only in SA

  • Rob - 2012-03-30 15:54

    Whatever happens it will be an example to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thozi - 2012-03-30 16:06

    Appeal against the leniency of the sentence I suppose? How about 25yrs with no chance of a parole and no burial by family members?

  • Manu - 2012-03-30 16:51

    This is the same man who last November said: “I believe that (the 10 children) are with God and He used me to get them to Him. “If I must go back to prison, I will not question it. “(The accident) was God’s plan, I didn’t do it. “I will never ever in my life want to harm those children who I took as my own. Why would I, when I have four children and seven grandchildren of my own?” He believes that it was God's plan, so he can't understand why he should be punished for God's plan. Naturally for a person driven by this kind of belief 20 years is too much.

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-01 21:00

    Taxi scum! Rot in jail!

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