Lonehill taxi driver too ill to take the stand

2015-05-19 12:41
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Johannesburg - There was yet another delay in the trial of taxi driver, Matome Thamage, accused of knocking down a woman and dragging her beneath his taxi.

Thamage appeared before the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday where his lawyer told the court that his client was ill.

"The accused informed me this morning that he is not well. He has a sore throat. He says he forced himself to come to court," said Thamage's lawyer, Lulama Mqongosi.

She asked that the matter be postponed and her client be allowed to go and see the doctor.

Prosecutor Sam Manning did not object to the postponement.

"I understand the predicament of the accused but the matter has been on the roll since 2011," she said.

Magistrate Ndivhuwo Sethusa granted the postponement.

"In future, you must have a report from a medical expert," she said.

Thamage, who was dressed in a black and yellow jacket nodded in agreement.

"We have to get to a finality at some stage," Sethusa continued.

Badly injured, scarred

The incident, which occurred in September 2011, left young advocate Kim McCusker badly injured and scarred.

McCusker and her then fiancé, Lourens Grobler, were on their way to the gym when Thamage's taxi almost struck the back of their car.

Thamage, McCusker and Grobler were involved in a confrontation and Thamage sped off.

He claimed to have been fleeing an assault by Grobler and said he did not know that McCusker was under his taxi.

She was dragged under the taxi for about 700m.

Not guilty

Thamage was arrested and charged with attempted murder and reckless or negligent driving. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges.

He also faced a string of other charges including driving without a license, driving without a valid permit, failing to stop immediately after an accident and failing to ascertain the injuries of an accident victim.

McCusker was not present in court for the proceedings on Tuesday.

The matter returns to court on June 26 where Thamage was expected back in the dock where his cross-examination would continue.

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