South Africa 13.12.2016 05:46 am

Case against Simba Mhere’s alleged killer postponed to 2017

Motorist Preshalin Naidoo (second from R) outside Randburg Magistrates court in Johannesburg, 12 December 2016, . He was involved in a car accident with Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere and his friend Kady-Shay O’Brien i. Naidoo‚ 24, faces two charges of culpable homicide, relating to the car crash in which Mhere and his passenger O’Brien died. The crash which involved three cars happened in January 2015.Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Motorist Preshalin Naidoo (second from R) outside Randburg Magistrates court in Johannesburg, 12 December 2016, . He was involved in a car accident with Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere and his friend Kady-Shay O’Brien i. Naidoo‚ 24, faces two charges of culpable homicide, relating to the car crash in which Mhere and his passenger O’Brien died. The crash which involved three cars happened in January 2015.Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The case against Naidoo, who’s accused of causing the deaths of Mhere and his friend Kady-Shay O’Bryan, was postponed to February for consultation.

The case of reckless and negligent driving, as well as two counts of culpable homicide, against Preshalin Naidoo was again postponed in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Naidoo is accused of causing the deaths of popular Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere and his friend Kady-Shay O’Bryan at the junction of the N1 off-ramp and William Nicol Drive in January last year.

The case has been postponed many times.

On Monday in court, prosecutor Dinesh Nandkissor began to walk Lorenz Stoger, of Cartrack, through his October testimony.

Stoger explained the tracking unit fitted to Naidoo’s car used global positioning satellite technology to determine the speed and position of the car.

And it used mobile cellphone technology to transmit the information to Cartrack’s offices.

According to a slide of Stoger’s projected against the wall of the court, Naidoo’s vehicle was travelling at 200km/h at 5:36:13am, according to the tracking unit, before slowing to 166km/h at 5:36:18am, or five seconds later.

Then, at 5:36:44am – 26 seconds later – according to the tracking unit, Naidoo’s car had come to a halt, from where it sent three more messages.

It was while Stoger was explaining the technology used by his company’s tracking system that defence advocate Francois Roets asked for an adjournment so he could discuss with his expert the information that had been revealed by Stoger.

Last year, TimesLive reported pathologist Dr Candice Hansmeyer, who conducted the postmortems on Mhere and O’Bryan‚ testified the pair sustained multiple injuries which were fatal.

“Taking them to hospital on time would not have helped‚” Hansmeyer reportedly said. “The extent and severity of the injuries sustained by both are in keeping with a high-velocity impact sustained from a high-velocity
transfer.”

Previous testimony claimed Naidoo had said he had fallen asleep. However, it is understood Naidoo will claim in court there was a problem with his vehicle’s right front suspension.

Magistrate David Mahango postponed the case to February for consultation.

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