Psychologist to testify in joggers' death trial

2013-12-04 07:23

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Johannesburg - A psychologist is expected to testify in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday ahead of the sentencing of a Midrand driver convicted of culpable homicide.

Last Wednesday, mechanical engineer Sibusiso Langa was found guilty of running over six joggers, killing five of them as he drove on Lever Road in Midrand on 22 October 2011.

Judge Bert Bam said the State had not proved that Langa, 46, was guilty of murder and attempted murder, but proved that he had been grossly negligent.

He found Langa guilty on five counts of culpable homicide and one of drunk driving, but acquitted him on a charge of attempting to murder the only survivor of the accident, Abegail Stengile.

"The accused is a normal, intelligent man. He's a mechanical engineer and an experienced driver.

"He was under the influence of alcohol, but there was no suggestion that he did not know what he was doing... He resided in the area and was familiar with the road," said Bam.

"The consequences were disastrous. He was so grossly negligent that it amounted to reckless driving," Bam said.
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