Killer taxi driver wants bail reinstated
Cape Town - Minibus taxi driver Jacob Humphreys, who was found guilty of murdering 10 children this week, will apply to the Western Cape High Court to have his bail reinstated, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Wednesday.
NPA Western Cape spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said the authority received notice that Humphreys' legal team intended to apply to have his bail reinstated on Thursday.
"We are going to oppose that application," Ntabazalila said.
"We believe he is supposed to be behind bars until he is sentenced." Humphreys was found guilty on Monday of murdering 10 school pupils who died after his minibus was hit by a train at a level crossing at Blackheath outside Cape Town on August 25 last year.
Western Cape High Court Judge Robert Henney on Monday also found Humphreys, 55, guilty on four charges of attempted murder.
The incident happened after Humphreys stopped at the Buttskop level crossing in Blackheath, overtook a row of cars, ignored safety signals and proceeded though the crossing.
A train hit the taxi and 10 of the children died. Four other children were seriously injured.
Henney said he could not think of a better example of a person being able to foresee the consequences of their actions when he zig-zagged through the level crossing.
Humphreys had his R20 000 bail revoked and was taken into custody after the verdict.
He will be sentenced in February next year.