Taxi driver accused of killing Stander feels mistreated

2014-07-18 00:00

VEILED accusations of racism surfaced in the Burry Stander case yesterday, when the defence implied the accused felt mistreated from the start.

Taxidriver Njabulo Nyawose (24) is charged with culpable homicide, or alternatively reckless and negligent driving, after an accident in Shelly Beach that killed Stander.

The world mountain bike champion was cycling along Marine Drive on January 3, last year when a collision occurred between him and a taxi, allegedly driven by Nyawose.

The accident happened when Nyawose allegedly turned right into Stott Street, a road leading off Marine Drive.

During cross examination, defence attorney Xolile Ntshulana said his client felt he was mistreated from the start and that it may be a “racial issue”.

He questioned why reconstruction expert Craig Proctor-Parker’s investigation focused on Stander and did not consider his client’s version.

Ntshulana also questioned who had requested Proctor-Parker’s services.

“I’m not here for anyone. I’m here because I am a friend of the court. I do a lot of government work and my contract says I have to give back [to society]. This is my way of giving back. I have also given consideration to Mr Nyawose in my report,” Proctor-Parker responded.

Garmin expert Petre Jurgen Smith, who took the stand at Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court yesterday, explained to the court how he analysed the GPS before magistrate Charmaine Barnard adjourned for the day. Smith retrieved data from the Garmin device that Stander used on the day of the accident.

His testimony continues today.

Nyawose has pleaded not guilty. Dressed in brown pants and a blue jacket, he sat calmly in the stand during court proceedings.

Stander’s mother, Mandie, was emotional and often tearful as the case progressed.

Prior to Smith, Proctor-Parker testified that, according to his investigation, Stander was cycling at a medium speed when the collision occurred.

He added that although there were no signs which prohibited turning into Stott Street from Marine Drive, there was a solid line which made a turn illegal.

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