Macia got out of police van 'on his own', court hears

2015-08-25 12:25
The men accused of killing Mico Macia. (Adam Wakefield, News24)

The men accused of killing Mico Macia. (Adam Wakefield, News24)

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Pretoria - Taxi driver Mido Macia managed to get out of a police van on his own before he was dragged behind it, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

He was on his back in the van and as he moved out, his handcuffs became attached to the inside of the vehicle, Judge Bert Bam said, reading from his judgment.

Macia ended up sitting with his buttocks on the road.

Bam was summarising the evidence of the eight former Daveyton police officers accused of assaulting and killing Macia on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

"He did not realise, when he saw the deceased sitting behind the vehicle, that the deceased was in a dangerous position," Bam, said, summarising the evidence of one of the officers.

The officer who drove the bakkie conceded during cross-examination that had he looked into his rear view mirror he would have noticed Macia was not there.

He also conceded that a driver’s natural instinct before driving off would first be to look into the rear-view mirror. Later the officer said he could not remember looking into the mirror.

Bam said this officer said he had failed to cuff Macia’s hands behind his back, as regulations dictated, because he was resisting arrest.

The crowd that had gathered at the Daveyton taxi rank contributed to the chaos.

The officer stopped about 200m from where Macia was arrested after a colleague driving behind him flashed his lights.

"He was surprised to see the deceased behind the bakkie," Bam said. The two helped get Macia back into the bakkie.

Read more on:    police  |  mido macia  |  johannesburg  |  police brutality  |  crime

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