South Africa 22.10.2013 01:29 pm

Pinetown crash driver denied bail

FILE PICTURE: The articulated truck that collided with four fully laden taxis and a light motor vehicle on the corners of Fieldshill (M13) and Richmond Road in Pinetown on 5 September 2013.  Picture ER24

FILE PICTURE: The articulated truck that collided with four fully laden taxis and a light motor vehicle on the corners of Fieldshill (M13) and Richmond Road in Pinetown on 5 September 2013. Picture ER24

Sanele Goodness May, the driver accused of killing 24 people when his lorry crashed through an intersection, was denied bail in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court today.

Immediately after magistrate Gwendolyn Robinson left the court, supporters of the Swazi national broke down in tears and held each other.

Robinson said May was in the country illegally, and for her to grant him bail the court would be required to legalise his residency status while he was awaiting trial. The courts did not have such authority.

Sending May back to his own country pending trial was not possible as the court had no jurisdiction to impose bail conditions on him in Swaziland.

May faces the 24 murder charges after his truck ploughed into four minibus taxis and two cars at an intersection in Pinetown on September 5. 22 people were killed. Two died later.

 

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