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9 Feb 2017
2:14 pm

Simba Mhere trial: Defence questions police work at crime scene


Naidoo is currently on trial for allegedly causing the fatal 2015 car accident that claimed the life of Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere.

Preshalin Naidoo hides his face as he leaves the Randburg Magistrates Court, 4 June 2015. He faces two charges of culpable homicide as the driver who drove into the car of Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere on 31 January 2015, killing him and Mhere's passenger Kady-Shay O'Bryan. Naidoo's family can be seen in the background. Picture: Michel Bega

The defence in the trial against Preshalin Naidoo in the Randburg Magistrates’ Court on Thursday questioned police work done at the crime scene by a Johannesburg metro police officer.

Naidoo, 24, is currently on trial for allegedly causing the fatal 2015 car accident that claimed the lives of Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere and his friend, Kady-Shay O’Bryan.

He faces two charges of culpable homicide. The crash involved three cars and happened on William Nicol Drive in Fourways, Johannesburg, on January 31, 2015.

Defence advocate François Roets called IBF Investigations South Africa’s chief reconstruction specialist, Stanley Bezuidenhout, who had compiled a report on the accident.

Bezuidenhout told the court he had been part of the South African Navy and military, where he was trained in intelligence and investigations and later moved on to tyre analysis as well as post-collision investigations.

He said he was approached in October 2015 to assist with investigating the incident and compiling a report of his findings.

Bezuidenhout said digital information of the accident was requested from the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), which would have information regarding when, where and what kind of device was used to take the photograph. JMPD could not present this information.

He said tyre marks and a land pole were an error in a sketch that was done by a JMPD officer who testified against Naidoo.

“He has two versions, we can’t say we understand what he meant.”

“We took his measurement and compared to his sketches. The measurements were inaccurate. He had his measurements from the scene, we tried to match them, and we found that they didn’t match,” Bezuidenhout said.

Bezuidenhout also testified that software was used that indicated that the officer’s positions of the vehicles were incorrect.

The trial continues.