Level crossing crash taxi driver's parole suspended

2016-12-08 18:08
Train crossing. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - Taxi driver Jacob Humphreys, convicted of 10 counts of culpable homicide following a horror crash involving his vehicle and a train, will remain behind bars for now after the decision to release him on parole was suspended.

Humphreys overtook a queue of cars waiting at the Buttskop level crossing in Blackheath on August 25 2010, and tried to cross the railway line even though the safety booms were down.

Ten children died and four were seriously injured when the train hit his minibus.

Humphreys, from Eerste River, was initially handed a 20-year prison sentence in the Western Cape High Court, which the Supreme Court of Appeal reduced to eight years in 2012.

It set aside 10 murder counts, replacing them with 10 counts of culpable homicide.

It also set aside four counts of attempted murder.

On Thursday Carla Williams, regional spokesperson of the Department of Correctional Services, said Humphreys' release, scheduled for Friday, was suspended pending a review process by the Correctional Supervision and Parole Review Board.   

"The case was referred for a review after two parents of the victims who passed away made an application for the decision taken by the Allandale Correctional Supervision and Parole Board to grant him parole [on Friday] to be revised," she said.

The case is now before the board, which has to make a decision within four months.

Williams said Humphreys had been informed of the suspension and has been invited to make written representation before the end of the month.  

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