Level crossing taxi driver back in court

2011-12-09 08:49

Cape Town - The trial of minibus taxi driver Jacob Humphreys, accused of killing 10 children, continues in the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

During a previous appearance, Judge Robert Henney said closing arguments in the trial would be heard on Friday and he expected to hand down his verdict on Monday.

Humphreys, 55, allegedly jumped a level crossing and the vehicle was hit by a train, killing 10 children in August last year.

He pleaded not guilty to the murders and exercised his right to remain silent. He was granted bail of R20 000.

Killed in the crash were: Liesl August, 11; Cody Erasmus, 15; Jody Phillips, 13; Reece Smith, 7; Nolan February, 13; Michaelin de Koker, 11; Jason Pedro, 14; Nadine Marthinissen, 16; Jeane-Pierre Willeman, 13; and Jade Adams, 10.

Post mortem reports showed that the children died of multiple injuries suffered in the crash.

Humphreys testified that he had no recollection of the accident at the Buttskop level crossing.

  • Jerolan - 2011-12-09 09:14

    guys like this should never be allowed to drive Its unfortunate that the children lost their lives, yet he still lives

  • methedex - 2011-12-09 09:18

    Just horrible... Such a loss of life just so the taxi could make a few extra bucks by driving recklessly in order to get more fares.

  • adrian.berghoff - 2011-12-09 09:18

    Hang him.

  • Yurak - 2011-12-09 09:20

    He should stay in jail for his own sake

  • Jason - 2011-12-09 10:07

    A whole year has passed, and this idiot is still not in Jail, Justice system = Epic Fail!! This is a joke, oh and his bail too!!

  • Deon - 2011-12-09 10:14

    I would not feel bad if he gets 200 years in jail, 20 for each child.

  • Michael - 2011-12-09 10:25

    It's simple, this guy is a d00s, through and through. The fact that he claims he cannot remember a thing, show he suffers no remorse. Put him back behind the wheel, and he will do the same thing, because stupid people do not learn through their mistakes. He is a complete waste of oxygen. If he was anything but that, he would show remorse, promise never to do it again! yet the heartless pr!ck pretends he has no memory of this event. he is evil, and should be put down like the dog he is.

      emile.eley - 2011-12-09 12:58

      Michael please don't insult dogs.

  • Holden - 2011-12-09 15:37

    Murder: Dolus eventualis (indirect intention) exists when the possibility of a particular consequence or circumstance is foreseen, but there is a reckless disregard on my part as to whether it ensues or not. I drive my car through a normally quiet suburban neighbourhood at 200 kph on a Saturday afternoon, knowing that there may well be pedestrians and other road users, knowing well that someone may be killed, and I reconcile myself to this and go ahead. If I then kill someone, I will be said to have had dolus eventualis - and I would be convicted of murder.

  • Renier - 2011-12-10 00:35

    The carnage on our roads will never stop unless drivers like this one are jailed for a considerable time.

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