Level crossing taxi driver back in court

2011-12-09 08:49
Cape Town - The trial of minibus taxi driver Jacob Humphreys, accused of killing 10 children, continues in the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

During a previous appearance, Judge Robert Henney said closing arguments in the trial would be heard on Friday and he expected to hand down his verdict on Monday.

Humphreys, 55, allegedly jumped a level crossing and the vehicle was hit by a train, killing 10 children in August last year.

He pleaded not guilty to the murders and exercised his right to remain silent. He was granted bail of R20 000.

Killed in the crash were: Liesl August, 11; Cody Erasmus, 15; Jody Phillips, 13; Reece Smith, 7; Nolan February, 13; Michaelin de Koker, 11; Jason Pedro, 14; Nadine Marthinissen, 16; Jeane-Pierre Willeman, 13; and Jade Adams, 10.

Post mortem reports showed that the children died of multiple injuries suffered in the crash.

Humphreys testified that he had no recollection of the accident at the Buttskop level crossing.

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