Taxi driver Humphreys gets 20 years

2012-02-28 11:00

Taxi driver sentenced 20 years

2012-02-28 14:42

Minibus taxi driver Jacob Humphreys has been sentenced to 20 years in jail after he was found guilty of murder. News24 spoke to the families outside Western Cape High Court. WATCH

Cape Town - Minibus taxi driver Jacob Humphreys was handed down an effective 20-year jail sentence in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

Judge Robert Henney also cancelled his driver's licence with immediate effect.

The sentence drew a large gasp from friends and family in the gallery, with some bursting into tears.

Humphreys held a grave expression throughout the reading of the sentence, frowning deeply and pursing his lips.

He was convicted of murder, following an accident on August 25, 2010 in Cape Town. While taking children to school, he overtook a row of cars at the Buttskop level crossing in Blackheath, ignored safety signals and proceeded over the tracks.

A train hit the taxi, killing 10 of the children he was taking to school. Four others were seriously injured.

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