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Hummer killer's R700k offer

2013-04-23 11:03

COMPENSATION FOR FAMILIES AFFECTED: Indi Himalindi Chiyabu has offered to pay families affected compensation totaling a "six figure amount". Image: SAPA

Pretoria - In March 2013 we reported that sentencing of a Hummer driver found guilty of culpable homicide was postponed in the Pretoria North Regional Court until April 22 2013.

Indi Hamalindi Chiyabu crashed into three motorcyclists, killing two of them and injuring a third, and has offered to pay compensation to the victims' families.

Chiyabu offered R700 000 and was willing to negotiate a "six figure amount", the Pretoria News reported.

NEGOTIATIONS WITH VICTIMS

Chiyabu's lawyer Makhi Nogaga reportedly asked the Pretoria North Regional Court to intervene in the negotiations between him and the families.

Magistrate Ben van Schalkwyk said the court was not in a position to make such an order, as it was not familiar with the families' circumstances, the newspaper reported.

Chiyabu hit motorcyclists on Rachel de Beer Road, Pretoria, in October 2010 while driving a Hummer. The vehicle caught fire and Chiyabu fled. He handed himself over to the police some time later.

Two of the motorcycles also burned after the collision. Pieter Coetzee and JP Kruger, members of the Christian Motorcyclists' Association SA, died at the scene. Coetzee's son Pieter lost a leg in the accident. Argument in aggravation of Chiyabu's sentence will be heard in May 2013.

Reader David Duncan adds: He is trying to buy his way out of jail. Once he goes to jail, the families should take him back to court, sue him for wrongful death and take all his money. Make him suffer even more .

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