Family drama unfurls

2014-11-19 00:00

THE brother of a man who died as a result of being run over on Allandale Drive last week yesterday told The Witness that he had handed himself over to the police.

He, however, denies being involved in his brother’s death.

Initial reports about the incident said the driver of the car, who struck the man on Thursday, allegedly fled the scene. The victim succumbed to his injuries and died in hospital on Saturday night.

The Witness was told that the assailant was allegedly the victim’s brother. It is alleged that after a heated argument, the assailant got into his car and sped off, leaving the victim on the roadside.

He then allegedly returned and knocked down the victim, whose body was trapped under the vehicle, resulting in him being dragged under the car.

Reliable sources who know both the vehicle driver and his brother, who asked to remain unnamed, told The Witness that the victim had multiple internal and external injuries and “fought for his life until the end”.

They added that the assailant has a past record of attempted murder, conspiracy to murder and fraud.

“He was very abusive. He can be a good person at times, but after he drinks, he loses it,” a source said.

It is alleged that after the victim’s death, the assailant allegedly consumed brake fluid in an attempt to commit suicide, and after this was unsuccessful, apparently handed himself over to the police.

The Witness spoke to the assailant, who could not be named as he has not yet appeared in court. He denied being involved in the hit and run accident. He did admit to handing himself over to the police, but refused to reveal at which police station this was.

When the police were asked to comment, they said that they do not follow-up on traffic offences, even though a man was killed. They referred the query to the Road Traffic Management Corporation who were unable to assist because they do not have offices within the province.

However, sources said that a case of reckless and negligent driving was opened at Mountain Rise police station and was under investigation.

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