Train crash: Prosecutor steps out

2012-07-17 00:00

THE state prosecutor in the case against a truck driver who drove in front of an oncoming train near Hectorspruit on Friday has withdrawn, saying he feels intimidated.

Kim Myers, the prosecutor, yesterday objected about the charge sheet that was handed in with the first court appearance of the driver, George Manuel Mandlazi (32) in the Malalane magistrate court. Myers told the court he was “intimidated” to change the charges from culpable homocide to murder on the charge sheet. He then withdrew from the case.

Meanwhile, Mandlazi was standing in tears in the bench for the accused. A total of 26 farm workers died after a train hit the truck on which they were being transported and 25 were injured. Mandlazi will appear in the Barberton Magistrate’s Court today.

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