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Taxi driver Humphreys to hear his fate

2012-02-28 07:51

Cape Town – The Western Cape High Court will on Tuesday sentence minibus taxi driver Jacob Humphreys for killing 10 children, and the attempted murder of four others.

At his last court appearance, State advocate Susan Galloway said Humphreys should be jailed for life. She argued the only factors counting in his favour were his age and the fact that he had no previous convictions.

While taking children to school on August 25, 2010, Humphreys overtook a row of cars at the Buttskop level crossing in Blackheath, ignored safety signals and drove over the tracks. A train hit the taxi. Ten of the children were killed. Four others were seriously injured.

Galloway said Humphreys had had two previous opportunities to show remorse, but failed to do so. The first was when he was testifying in his own defence, the other when he testified in mitigation of his sentence.

Humphreys' lawyer Johann Engelbrecht said his client had accepted responsibility for the crash.

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Comments
  • Jim - 2012-02-28 08:05

    Hang him

      Kgobe Mahlaba - 2012-02-28 09:50

      court my send a clear massage to those taxi driver that they think they own the road. life sentence will refresh their mind

      Kgobe Mahlaba - 2012-02-28 09:53

      Court must send a clear massage to those taxi driver that thinking they own the road. life sentence will be a good and it will refresh their mind

  • TBlogger - 2012-02-28 08:22

    lets put him infront of a moving train!!

  • Dieter - 2012-02-28 08:26

    accidents happen!

      David - 2012-02-28 08:30

      @Dieter what would you be saying if that was one of your children that was killed in that accident, you PR!CK, you are a accident that should not have happened. They were kids

      Cast53 - 2012-02-28 08:31

      He made that accident happen, he gambled with the childrens lifes. What if one of the children were yours, would you still say accidents happen?

      edwardsch - 2012-02-28 08:55

      What planet have you been visiting? You must be the only one who thinks that this was a mistake. He chose to pass a number of vehicles stopped at the crossing before trying to get over the line IN FRONT OF AN ONCOMING TRAIN. Accident my foot. The only accident here is the fact that his father did not wear a condom !!!!!

      Gerald - 2012-02-28 09:06

      Dieter - an accident is something beyond your control. You didn't loose a child or a sibling in that accident, I DID and 9 other families did. You won't know the pain we had to endure coming to terms with that "accident" and you didn't identify a mangled body at the morgue. We had too. I wish you never have to identify your child's mangled body (and knowing some parts were not attached to the body)like some of the parents had to!

      David - 2012-02-28 09:18

      @alexander, I am sorry you lost a child in that crash. My your childs soul rest in peace. Every body that gives thumbs down, rot in hell and hope it never happens to you.

      nicolene.kotze1 - 2012-02-28 09:25

      that was no accident! he deliberately ignored safety signals and drove in front of the train. read the whole article before you make stupid comments!

  • Lunga - 2012-02-28 08:32

    there is no other way.Humphrey deserves a life sentence,but the question is that would the same outcomes prevail if Humphrey was white,rich or even a politician? a perfect example The WATERKLOOF FOUR.

      John - 2012-02-28 09:01

      Lunga, I say give him and to those four another chance. Humphreys as a driver and others as passengers in the taxi. I'll show you where the mine field is. They just need to cross it. If they escape from there...they all free.

      Serena - 2012-02-28 09:58

      Wow took 18 comments before "the card" was pulled! Must be a record.You a idiot!

  • Lesley - 2012-02-28 09:15

    wonder how long until he claims he's mentally ill, to get out of a prison sentence

      edwardsch - 2012-02-28 10:10

      No, he is going to suddenly get a terminal disease so that he can get out of jail and play golf !!!!!

  • Robert - 2012-02-28 10:05

    Lock him up, Basterd !!

  • Ashen - 2012-02-28 11:24

    tsk tsk...send Hump-Free to jail

      edwardsch - 2012-02-28 11:30

      Humping will be free !!!

  • peter.t.fredericks1 - 2012-02-28 13:31

    I feel that the sentences should have been more heavier, reason being he took the lives of 10 innocent kids and rob their parents of ever seeing them growing up. He acted irresponsible and they paid with their lives for his reckless actions. I hope he becomes someones B!tch inside.

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