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Humphreys blames media for bad image

A criminologist on Monday told the Western Cape High Court  thatJacob Humphreys believes the media is...

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A criminologist on Monday told the Western Cape High Court  thatJacob Humphreys believes the media is to blame for his bad image.

Claire Wolff is testifying in mitigation of sentence in Humphreys’ trial.

He was convicted on ten counts of murder last year after the vehicle he was driving was hit by a train, killing 10 children.

Wolff was hired by the defence to conduct a survey of among others of Humphreys’ standing in the community.

Wolff interviewed Humphreys family as well as the relatives of the 10 young victims.

She painted a picture of a taxi driver who made a substantial contribution to his community.

She said Humphreys believed the media painted him a jackal and a child murderer.

Wolff said this led to Humphreys' negative image in areas outside of Eerste River.

She added that the local community did not view him in a bad light.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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