Cop (Desmond Hanson) taxi death: bail ruling today

2008-08-25 00:00

TAXI driver Lucky Mbonambi (33), accused of murdering traffic officer Desmond Hanson by allegedly swerving to run him down on June 12, is to hear today whether he is to be granted bail.

Detective Inspector Robin Mays said Hanson ran into Peter Kerchhoff Street to stop Mbonambi's taxi and the state will try to prove that Mbonambi intentionally drove over him.

The taxi mounted a pavement and hit a lamppost. Mbonambi was arrested in the driver's seat.

Mays said Mbonambi ignored several warrants for his arrest for traffic offences, showing he has a disrespect for the law.

Mbomnabmi's Legal Aid Board attorney Nico Kinners said Mbonambi is not alone in ignoring traffic summons, as many taxi drivers do this.

Mays said the crux was not how trivial the traffic offences might seem, but that he chose not to appear in court for them.

Kinners said Mbonambi might have been involved in the accident as a result of negligence, but Mays said witnesses said he swerved towards Hanson.

Kinners said Mbonambi is not a flight risk, but Mays said that if he failed to appear in court for traffic offences, it is likely he will not appear to face a very serious charge.

Mbonambi has paid an admission of guilt fine of R1 000 for the unlawful possesion of a firearm and an admission of guilt of R100 for assault and admissions of guilt when arrested for driving offences.

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