Simba Mhere case postponed as defence objects to State witness

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Simba Mhere (Supplied)

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Johannesburg - The case against a man accused of causing an accident which claimed the life of Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere and his friend was postponed by the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

Lawyers for the accused, Preshalin Naidoo, objected to the State’s request to introduce new evidence which a new witness would present. The witness was expected to present data from a GPS tracking company.

Francois Roets, for Naidoo, told the court he could not allow the evidence to be admitted without checking whether it was admissible and reliable.

He suggested that the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act be applied. The act required a certified officer to verify information.

Roets challenged the State to tell the court about the nature of the evidence.

“We are still left out in the cold on the admissibility and the nature of the evidence.”

Prosecutor Dinesh Nandkissor told the court the decision to introduce the evidence was taken on Monday, and that the defence was furnished with a report the following day.

Nandkissor told the court the defence had had enough time to raise concerns about the report, but only indicated an intention to object on Thursday morning.

He asked that the court hears the evidence and decide for itself whether it would deem it reliable or not.

Trial to proceed in October

Nandkissor cautioned the court against further delays. Roets proposed that due to the nature of the evidence, both teams should prepare heads of argument on the matter.

Magistrate David Mahango granted the defence permission to prepare heads of argument for 14 October. The trial would then proceed from 24 to 28 October.

Naidoo faces two counts of culpable homicide for the death of Mhere and his friend Kady-Shay O'Bryan, and additional charges of negligent and/or reckless driving, and inconsiderate driving.

Mhere, 26, and O'Bryan, 29, were killed in the collision on William Nicol Drive, in Fourways, on 31 January 2015.

Mhere's father Joseph was travelling with the two. He survived.

Mhere rose to fame when he won a presenter search competition in 2010, landing him a job on the lifestyle television programme.

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