British soccer fan fined for culpable homicide

2010-06-24 14:10

A 24-year-old British man was fined an effective R8 000 or one year

in jail by a special Fifa World Cup court in Bloemfontein today after a car

crash on the N1 in which a man died.

The Bloemfontein District Court fined James Haywood R24 000, or

three years imprisonment, of which R16 000 or two years, was suspended for five


Earlier, Haywood pleaded guilty to a charge of culpable


He and two friends were on their way to Bloemfontein on Sunday to

watch the match between Slovakia and Paraguay when the accident happened 30km

south of the city.

The court heard earlier that Haywood, an avid soccer fan, had just

taken over driving duties when the accident took place.

The court heard that the navigation sytem in the visitors’ vehicle

indicated that they had passed Bloemfontein and should turn around.

It was while Haywood was making a u-turn that the vehicle hit an

oncoming vehicle.

The driver of the other vehicle died on the scene.

A passenger was

admitted to the Pelonomi hospital in a serious condition.

Haywood and his two passengers suffered minor injuries.

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