Killer taxi driver to appeal conviction, sentence

2012-03-29 07:25

The lawyers of taxi driver Jacob Humphreys are set to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) for permission to appeal both his conviction and effective 20-year jail sentence.

His attorney Johann Engelbrecht told the Cape Times they would petition the SCA in Bloemfontein directly today.

“The papers are signed and ready to be submitted in Bloemfontein today,” he said.

Western Cape High Court Judge Robert Henney sent Humphreys to jail at the end of February.

He was convicted of murder following an accident on August 25 2010 at the Buttskop level crossing in Cape Town.

While taking children to school, he overtook a row of cars, ignored safety signals and proceeded over the tracks.

A train hit the taxi, killing 10 of the children. Four others were seriously injured.

Henney denied Engelbrecht’s application for leave to appeal on the day of the sentencing.

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