Pinetown truck driver case postponed

2014-10-24 16:08
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Durban - Difficulties consulting the families of 24 people killed when a truck careened through a busy intersection led to the case against the driver being postponed in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban on Friday.

Judge Shyam Giyanda postponed the case against Sanele Goodness May to 28 November, after prosecutor Alistair Walters told the court "we are taking some time to get hold of everybody to get their input".

May had been expected to plead guilty to 24 counts of culpable homicide, but in terms of the law, when any plea bargain deal is struck, the State is required to consult the victims' families.

On the evening of 5 September last year, in rush-hour traffic, May's truck smashed 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.

May has been in custody ever since, and was previously denied bail in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court.

Initially, he was charged with 24 counts of murder, but this was changed to 24 culpable homicide charges.

 

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