Wit­ness un­der the mi­cro­scope

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS -

The State yes­ter­day ques­tioned the cred­i­bil­ity of a de­fence ac­ci­dent re­con­struc­tion­ist in the trial of Pre­shalin Naidoo, who was in­volved in the fa­tal car ac­ci­dent in which Top Billing tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Simba Mhere was killed.

Naidoo, 24, is cur­rently on trial in the Rand­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court for al­legedly caus­ing the fa­tal 2015 car ac­ci­dent that claimed the lives of Mhere and his friend, Kady-Shay O’Bryan.

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

Dur­ing pro­ceed­ings yes­ter­day, State pros­e­cu­tor Di­nesh Nand­kissor ques­tioned ac­ci­dent re­con­struc­tion ex­pert Stan­ley Bezuiden­hout about whether he had con­sulted with Naidoo prior to con­duct­ing his re­port, be­fore it was fi­nalised in Fe­bru­ary.

Bezuiden­hout said he met with Naidoo around De­cem­ber 2015, which was af­ter he had al­ready ex­am­ined the ve­hi­cle.

Nand­kissor ar­gued that the tes­ti­mony of Naidoo and Bezuiden­hout were too sim­i­lar and fur­ther that his web­site stated that his com­pany aligned their in­ves­ti­ga­tion to that of their clients and their le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Nand­kissor re­ferred to a pre­vi­ous case where Bezuiden­hout tes­ti­fied and the judg­ment by the mag­is­trate was that his find­ings were un­re­li­able.

Bezuiden­hout said he was un­aware of the judg­ment and that the state­ment on his site was made about two years ago.

De­fence ad­vo­cate François Roets asked Bezuiden­hout whether he had been ma­nip­u­lated into a con­clu­sion of his re­port.

“I don’t tai­lor my fi nd­ings,” said Bezuiden­hout. “In our in­dus­try, most knowl­edge comes from re­search and new find­ings.”

“You to­tally ex­clude speed?” Mag­is­trate David Ma­hango then asked.

“At the time of the col­li­sion, yes,” Bezuiden­hout re­sponded.

Ma­hango said that it was im­por­tant to con­sider what speed Naidoo’s ve­hi­cle was trav­el­ling at prior to the col­li­sion. The mat­ter was post­poned to Jan­uary 15, 2018 for ar­gu­ments. – ANA

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