Moon cannot sign while case hangs - dad

2012-03-27 20:05
Johannesburg - Soccer player Bryce Moon cannot go overseas or sign any contracts until the murder case against him has been finalised, his father Patrick Moon said at the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Moon is being tried on charges of murder and drunken driving after allegedly hitting Mavis Ncube with his Mercedes-Benz in Sandhurst, Johannesburg, on June 30 2009.

Moon snr said his son started playing soccer at the age of 12 and had worked hard at his career.

"Now [it] is time for Bryce to be reaping the rewards for his hard work. He has had to wait four years for this case to be resolved."

On the first day of the trial on Tuesday, the State called to the stand Johannesburg metro police officer and accident reconstruction expert Hugo Theunissen.

He testified that Moon was driving his Mercedes-Benz coupe faster than 120km/h in a 60km/h zone shortly before the fatal accident.

Human error

The accident was caused only by human error, he said.

"By exceeding the speed of 120km/h in the curve of the road, it caused the vehicle to drift before leaving the road," he said.

In his opinion, Moon had driven recklessly and negligently, with no regard for pedestrians, Theunissen testified.

"It is clear that the driver did not concentrate on the road."

He said it was clear that the driver had not attempted to steer the vehicle to the right after entering the curve, to keep the vehicle on the road.

He used toy cars to illustrate what the normal reactions would be of a driver threatened by an obstruction from the side.

However, under cross-examination, Moon's lawyer Naren Sangham said Theunissen had based his report on statements and reports made by witnesses.

Sangham put it to him that one of those witnesses, Thandi Sibanda, who was walking with Ncube at the time of the crash, had contradicted her statement made at the time of the accident in her testimony in court.

The case continues.
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