Pinetown crash driver back in court

2014-03-28 07:28
The aftermath of the Pinetown horror crash. (ER24)

The aftermath of the Pinetown horror crash. (ER24)

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Johannesburg - Sanele Goodness May, accused of killing 24 people when his truck crashed through an intersection in September last year in Durban, will appear in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The KwaZulu-Natal NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara indicated that May's charges would be changed from murder to culpable homicide.

May's lawyer Lindokuhle Mdletshe had told the court that he would bring a fresh bail application due to the changes in May's charges.

The case was then postponed to allow for the indictment to be served and for police to investigate new information pertaining to the fresh bail application.

Magistrate Gwendolyn Robinson denied May, a Swazi national, bail last year, ruling he was a flight risk.

Robinson said he was in the country illegally and for her to grant him bail the court would be required to legalise his residency status while he was awaiting trial.

The courts did not have such authority.

On the evening of 5 September last year, at the height of rush hour traffic, May's truck ploughed into four minibus taxis and two cars at an intersection at the bottom of Fields Hill in Pinetown.

Twenty-two people were killed at the scene. Two died later in hospital.
- SAPA
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