Man to be sentenced for 'bizarre' crash

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Cape Town - The Athlone Magistrate's Court heard sentencing arguments in the trial of a man found guilty of the death of a woman in a bizarre car crash, it was reported on Wednesday.

The Cape Argus reported that Johan Crous, 33, appeared in court on Tuesday for Lauren Devine's death in August 2008.

Devine, 24, died when Crous's car crashed into a guardrail separating the incoming and outgoing lanes of the M3 highway in Cape Town. A rock was dislodged and smashed through the windscreen of Devine's car as she was driving past, striking her in the face.

Crous was found guilty in July of culpable homicide.

Devine's mother Alison testified in aggravation of sentence, saying the death had shattered the family. She and her husband could not work after the crash and lost their house. They got divorced in 2010.

Lawyer Keith Gess reportedly said his client had been tremendously affected by the accident. He said Crous had no criminal record before the crash and his conviction would be with him for the rest of his life.

Sentencing was expected on Tuesday.

- SAPA
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