Moon not a murderer - lawyer

2013-01-25 12:19
Bryce Moon (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Former Bafana Bafana player Bryce Moon had no intention to kill when he drove into a Sandton domestic worker and killed her, it was reported on Friday.

Moon's lawyer Naren Sangham told the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Thursday that it was unfitting that his client was charged with murder and attempted murder, The Star reported.

"The accused must be acquitted on the crime of murder," Sangham was quoted as saying.

He also called for Moon to be cleared of culpable homicide charges, arguing that the State needed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Moon had been negligent in killing the woman.

The 26-year-old allegedly hit Mavis Ncube while driving down Katherine Street, in Sandhurst, on 30 June 2009.

Moon took to the stand in October 2012 and said two pedestrians ran into the road as he entered a bend. He swerved his Mercedes-Benz to the left to avoid hitting them.

"As I swerved, the second pedestrian [Ncube] ran into the direction I was driving towards and I couldn’t avoid her.... It was too late for me to avoid her and I struck her," he said.

According to the newspaper, Sangham asked the court not to consider the evidence of eyewitness Thandi Sibanda, who was walking with Ncube at the time, submitting that it was not entirely credible.

Moon faces additional charges of drunken driving and reckless or negligent driving.

Judgment would be handed down in March.

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