Taxi driver charged

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - LYNNETTE JOHNS

THE DRIVER of a mini-bus taxi – which was shot at on New Year’s Eve while trans­port­ing Ir­ish ac­tress Vic­to­ria Smur­fit and her fam­ily – was ar­rested yes­ter­day and charged with de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice.

Alvin Volk­wyn, 31, ap­peared in the Cape Town Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day for not dis­clos­ing that Smur­fit and four fam­ily mem­bers were in the taxi at the time of the shoot­ing.

The group were on their way to a party, when just af­ter mid­night, while the taxi was driv­ing down Strand Street, a stray bul­let shat­tered a passenger win­dow and smashed into one of the ve­hi­cle’s pan­els.

Volk­wyn ap­peared briefly in court yes­ter­day. No charges were put to him and he was not asked to plead. He was re­leased on R400 bail and warned to ap­pear in court on Fe­bru­ary 12.

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