I’m not guilty – N12 truck driver

2014-10-22 12:36

The driver whose truck ploughed into almost 50 vehicles, killing three people, believes he is not guilty, the Palm Ridge Magistrates’ Court has heard.

This was revealed in Isaac Wade Maruding’s affidavit which was read to the court. He faces three charges of culpable homicide and a single charge of reckless or negligent driving.

The court earlier heard that Maruding is a flight risk. Opposing his bid for bail, prosecutor John Ntuli said the driver left the accident scene without reporting the matter to the police.

“We are going to argue that he left that scene. His action amounts to evasion. He fled the scene,” Ntuli said.

Maruding was arrested in Potchefstroom a day after the accident on the N12 near Alberton on October 14 which left three people dead.

Two people died on the scene. One died in hospital.

Ntuli said releasing him would undermine the justice system.

He had previously been convicted of reckless or negligent driving and culpable homicide. Releasing him on bail would send the wrong message to previous offenders.

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