Quan­tum trailer ac­ci­dent driver con­victed

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Feature/national News - Andile Tshuma Court Re­porter

A MAN who caused the death of two peo­ple after the trailer of a ve­hi­cle he was driv­ing dis­en­gaged and hit them along Nketa Drive in Bu­l­awayo’s Mabutweni Sub­urb, has been con­victed of cul­pa­ble homi­cide.

Du­misani Ncube (37) ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Ms Nyaradzo Ringi­sai who re­manded him out of cus­tody to to­mor­row for sen­tence.

The ac­ci­dent victims are Sineta Ncube (67) and her grand­daugh­ter Loretta Ncube (14).

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Tony Ka­mud­yariwa said Ncube was driv­ing a Toy­ota Quan­tum ve­hi­cle that was pulling a trailer which was not prop­erly se­cured with safety chains.

“On Au­gust 26, the ac­cused was driv­ing a South African reg­is­tered Toy­ota Quan­tum ve­hi­cle which was tow­ing a trailer along Nketa Drive due North.

The two now de­ceased were walk­ing along the same road, but on the left, away from the road,” said Mr Ka­mud­yariwa.

“The trailer dis­en­gaged from the ve­hi­cle and hit the two de­ceased.”

The court heard that the two victims died on the spot and their bodies were taken to United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals for post­mortem.

Ac­cord­ing to a post­mortem re­port pro­duced as an ex­hibit, Sineta sus­tained mul­ti­ple frac­tures while Loretta suc­cumbed to a frac­tured skull and brain dam­age.

Said the pros­e­cu­tor: “After the im­pact the driver drove off the scene for two kilo­me­tres and came back after 15 min­utes.”

Ncube (the ac­cused) told the court in mit­i­ga­tion that he was help­ing the fam­ily fi­nan­cially and also us­ing his ve­hi­cle to trans­port them for funeral ar­range­ments — @andile_t­shuma.

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