Humphreys to be sentenced

2012-02-28 07:26

The Western Cape High Court will today 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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