Man to be sentenced for 'bizarre' crash

2012-09-12 14:12

Cape Town - The Athlone Magistrate's Court heard sentencing arguments in the trial of a man found guilty of the death of a woman in a bizarre car crash, it was reported on Wednesday.

The Cape Argus reported that Johan Crous, 33, appeared in court on Tuesday for Lauren Devine's death in August 2008.

Devine, 24, died when Crous's car crashed into a guardrail separating the incoming and outgoing lanes of the M3 highway in Cape Town. A rock was dislodged and smashed through the windscreen of Devine's car as she was driving past, striking her in the face.

Crous was found guilty in July of culpable homicide.

Devine's mother Alison testified in aggravation of sentence, saying the death had shattered the family. She and her husband could not work after the crash and lost their house. They got divorced in 2010.

Lawyer Keith Gess reportedly said his client had been tremendously affected by the accident. He said Crous had no criminal record before the crash and his conviction would be with him for the rest of his life.

Sentencing was expected on Tuesday.

  • karen.t.hawkey - 2012-09-12 14:51

    How can you give a sentence for accidental death??? It's not even culpable homicide, purely an unfortunate accident. The courts are prolonging both sides' suffering by taking so long to finalise this case. My sympathies to both families! Any sentence given should be waived!

      liam.mclaughlin.73345 - 2012-09-12 15:07

      You all need to understand the FULL merits of this case. Fact.

      clint.rusford.3 - 2012-09-12 15:13

      now pls liam... Enlighten us.

      liam.mclaughlin.73345 - 2012-09-12 15:36

      Guilty of culpable homicide

      liam.mclaughlin.73345 - 2012-09-13 08:50

      Cul homicide. True and correct. For every action there is a reaction

  • clint.rusford.3 - 2012-09-12 15:10

    it was nt hes intention nor goal.. He had no control over the direction the rock was going 2 fly.. He hardly knew it would hapen.. It (the case) shouldhv been written off years ago.. Tink da parents looking 4 sum1 2 blame and thats realy sad.. Shame on the courts of SA!!

  • clint.rusford.3 - 2012-09-12 15:10

    it was nt hes intention nor goal.. He had no control over the direction the rock was going 2 fly.. He hardly knew it would hapen.. It (the case) shouldhv been written off years ago.. Tink da parents looking 4 sum1 2 blame and thats realy sad.. Shame on the courts of SA!!

  • liam.mclaughlin.73345 - 2012-09-12 15:11

    Folk, one has to understand the FULL merits of this case. FACTS. Very important!

  • liam.mclaughlin.73345 - 2012-09-12 15:17

    Justice prevails!

      nicolette.hailstone - 2012-09-12 15:42

      leam.... you keep saying in every post that the full merits of this case needs to be understood.... I wonder if you would be preaching the same story if it was you??? I have read all the facts and as far as I'm concerned he was not over the drinking limit other wise they would have charged him for that and an accident is just that something that is not intentionally done and thus he should not have to go to jail for it.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-12 15:27

    Some people are just unlucky / only the good die young.

  • liam.mclaughlin.73345 - 2012-09-12 15:34

    Justice prevails. Found guilty of culpable homicide.

  • liam.mclaughlin.73345 - 2012-09-12 16:14

    The car was completedly! bombarded by boulders, rocks large sections of gum poles the front complete section of the accuseds car. Boulders double the size of a mans head went into the windscreen out the back side windows the lot. Looked like a roadside bomb had hit the car!200 metres of barrier destoryed!

      peter.abbas.585 - 2012-09-12 16:24

      @liam go suck eggs!

      customdesign - 2012-09-12 16:40

      looooooooooooool are you stoned Liam?

      MallyGold - 2012-09-12 18:58

      Did Johan Crous instruct the rocks to kill Lauren Devine? Granted, it is terribly tragic but Crous cannot be responsible for dislodging the rocks as he could not possibly be expected to have prevented the rocks from loosening. It's as absurd as saying that it was the car that killed Lauren or the barrier construction team who failed to make the concrete hard enough that caused the rocks to dislodge!

      marlene.conradie.14 - 2012-09-17 22:33

      Be careful that this doesn't happen to you! You obviously an egg sucker...

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-09-12 16:36

    the sentence of this dsnt make sense....the death was accidental!!

  • liam.mclaughlin.73345 - 2012-09-12 18:24

    Ok all the dislike muppets! Until u understand the rule of law, then chaos will prevail! Well done the NPA! Great job!

      marlene.conradie.14 - 2012-09-17 22:22

      Liam! If u not a lawyer, pls do not comment!!

  • philip.higgo - 2012-09-13 00:23

    Please people!`Accidents` wherein there is no fault virtually do not exist. Culpable homicide tells you that it has got nothing to do with intention (otherwise it would be murder: get it?) - it is negligence which causually led or contributed to the death of another. If it was not for the armco/rock his car would have hit the deceased - his negligence /loss of control led to her death...

      liam.mclaughlin.73345 - 2012-09-13 06:40

      100 per cent phillip! 100 per cent !

  • liam.mclaughlin.73345 - 2012-09-13 06:42

    Phillip, the first person who's comments are correct.! 100 per cent !\r\nRight.!\r\n.

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-09-13 07:29

    Its amazing how I mentioned about the case that the Gardner stabbed his boss with a knife, and only got 15 years instead of life, because the judge thought it was a case of racism... Compared to an accidental case.... Then News24 deletes my comment... why?? what's wrong?? am I playing the sensitive strings of truth that cant be handled???

      liam.mclaughlin.73345 - 2012-09-13 08:46

      Don't know, but we happy with our conviction! Npa got it right.

  • liam.mclaughlin.73345 - 2012-09-13 08:55

    Not every case is the same. Each case has to be taken on its merits.\r\n\r\nNowadays folk lawyer up expecting this will absolve them of their actions! All it does is bleed them of money and delay delay delay the truth.\r\n\r\nNpa well done !

  • cathy.vanvollenstee - 2012-09-13 09:04

    But murderers and rapists walk free? This was an accident. If he was driving drunk or speeding then this should be reported, but the way this reads it was just an unfortunate turn of events.

      liam.mclaughlin.73345 - 2012-09-13 09:34

      No incorrect. His car landed 184 metres away from the impact point! No not unfortunate series of events. The judge got her findings spot on. Yes it was reported - and this the result! Correct judgemnt!

  • liam.mclaughlin.73345 - 2012-09-13 09:47

    No not that simple in the media read! I know they have there place but it can seem a simple process happened! Yes it was reported and this is the end result. There were several influences in this case of a persons action,the results and now the closing end.

  • liam.mclaughlin.73345 - 2012-09-15 12:53

    Finally, justice!

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