Killer taxi driver in court over bail

2012-06-13 11:17

Johannesburg - The bail hearing of the taxi driver who killed 10 children is set to continue on Wednesday pending a Supreme Court of Appeal bid to have his conviction and sentence overturned.

The Western Cape High Court would hear Jacob Humphreys's bail application.

In March Humphreys approached the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Lex Mpati, for leave to appeal against the Western Cape High Court's judgement.

In February Western Cape High Court Judge Robert Henney sent Humphreys to jail for 20 years effectively.

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

While taking children to school, Humphreys 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 Humphreys an application for leave to appeal on the day of the sentencing.

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-06-13 11:35

    20 years for killing 10 children? What type of logic is that?

      rbphiri - 2012-06-13 12:04

      Sorry to be frank but this human excrement of a man has the nerve to have his conviction and sentence overturned after killing 10 children!!!. Then we get our judicial butthole system who merely applaud his craftmanship of death with a mere 20 years slap on the wrist! This butthole of a man is spending 2 years in jail for each life lost!!! Just goes to show that life does have a price tag after all and our circus judicial system have set the benchmark.

      Christopher - 2012-06-13 12:14

      Kill him...

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-13 14:24

      Agreed Christopher. His grave should be in the town square and used as a public toilet.

      Kwisatz - 2012-06-13 15:52

      Children die from hunger everyday.

  • Piet - 2012-06-13 11:40

    I would like to know who is paying this guy's legal bill. for a taxi driver he surely can not afford an advocate for all these appeals.

      rbphiri - 2012-06-13 12:06

      Who ever is supporting this S.O.B must be really inhumane

      Gary - 2012-06-13 12:41

      Good point!! And who could possibly give him leave to appeal, the only good that can come out of this (and apparently it does happen)is if the sentence is actually lengthened.....

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-06-13 16:15

      Don't underestimate the earnings of taxi drivers, and even more so the taxi owners...

  • Joseph - 2012-06-13 11:45

    Lock up and through away the keys. Done

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-06-13 11:48

    Lock him up and throw away the key - Hope he becomes someone`s "girlfriend" in jail and gets the "slow puncture" he deserves!!!! MURDERER

  • lindaawhelan - 2012-06-13 11:50

    I'm pretty sure that Jacob Humphreys legal counsel is state appointed and incompetent. That is the only reason that he would be charged with murder rather than manslaughter. I'm glad he's in prison but his crime was not murder by any legal definition.

      JohnDough - 2012-06-13 11:57

      Sorry but you are wrong. This is actually premeditated murder and he -deliberately and intentionally- overtook the other vehicles, ignored the warning signals and safety booms. Manslaughter is the -accidental- killing of another person. What would you have said oen of your children been in the taxi at the time of the accident? You would be screaming blue murder and asking for the death sentance.

      wim.kruger.7 - 2012-06-13 12:00

      If you were negligwent in causing death, it is manslaughter. If you do something negligently, full well knowing it may cause someone's death, and you continue with your actions and death occurs, then it is murder.

      Henry - 2012-06-13 12:08

      He intentionally overtook other vehicles,too important too wait like us mere mortals.Typical taxi driver attitude. I hope he is killed in prison,not raped or abused.KILLED.

      DarrenCooper68 - 2012-06-13 12:17

      Then change the definition. The actions taken by Taxi drivers put both passengers and other drivers lives at risk all too often. If I was to act with such irresponsility with a knife, a gun or poison that resulted in the same degree of loss of life as these arrogant, murderers do, would it be viewed different. They must be held responsible for the deaths they cause based on decisions they make. Perhaps knowing the possible outcome of their actions should be held in higher regard than the simple concept of premeditation. Let them swing.........

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-13 14:28

      Lindiwe he PURPOSELY ignored traffic regulations and put those childrens lives at risk - by purposely deciding to do so he ended up killing them. His DECISION was premeditated MURDER by any legal definition.

  • john.dough.5836711 - 2012-06-13 11:50

    "Jannie wag vir jou, come to Papa"

  • michael.vanwyk.33 - 2012-06-13 12:08

    He must b a man2serve his ridicously low sentence.He was entrusted with the kids safety

  • Gavin - 2012-06-13 12:15

    f me - this piece of rubbish should have been executed, jail on the tax payers dime is not right. I'd love to know the grounds for his appeal. I hope you burn in hell you child killing waste of life.

  • - 2012-06-13 12:27

    I still don't get how he didn't see that train coming.....

  • johleneh - 2012-06-13 12:34

    If I was a parent of one of these tragically killed children, I would kill this guy, no matter what the consequences or lenghts I would have to go to...

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-06-13 16:18

      Well I just hope you don't have other kids... because they may end up paying the price for your stupidity...

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-06-13 12:44

    Why is there even a bail hearing? He knows what he did was wrong. 10 kids are dead because of him and 4 others injured. If he gets bail, then I really don't know....

  • Matshane T Matshane - 2012-06-13 12:48

    they should've given him 100years.

  • Brad Gordon - 2012-06-13 13:10

    Hope the drek rots in hell

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-06-13 13:54

    Don't give this guy bail. He's bound to start driving taxi's again while out on bail!

  • Melanie - 2012-06-13 16:14

    @Kwisatz and you point is what? These children hasnt nothing to do with kids that die of hunger. They where part of a family system who loved and care for them who PAID this guy to take them safely to school. Your comment proofs you are a real asswipe!

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