Taxi driver's sentence reduced

2013-03-22 14:39
Jacob Humphreys (Picture: Sapa)

Jacob Humphreys (Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has reduced the 20-year sentence imposed on a Western Cape taxi driver convicted of 10 counts of murder after his vehicle collided with a train.

On Friday, the SCA reduced Jacob Humphreys's sentence to eight years' imprisonment.

It set aside the murder counts, replacing them with 10 counts of culpable homicide.

It also set aside four counts of attempted murder.

"The sentences imposed by the trial court are set aside and replaced with the following: Eight years imprisonment which is dated to 28 February 2012," the SCA, in Bloemfontein, said in papers.

Humphreys overtook a queue of cars waiting at the Buttskop level-crossing, Cape Town, on 25 August 2010, and tried to cross the railway line, even though the safety booms were down.

Ten children died and four were seriously injured when the train hit his minibus.

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