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Blackheath parents still ‘traumatised’

A state prosecutor on Tuesday told the Western Cape High Court that parents of the 10 learners who died in...

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A state prosecutor on Tuesday told the Western Cape High Court that parents of the 10 learners who died in the Blackheath taxi/train crash were still too traumatised to testify.

Earlier, the state called one witness to testify in aggravation of sentence in Jacob Humphreys’ matter.

The senior Western Cape transport official asked the court to send a strong message in handing down a sentence.

Humphreys listened intently to testimony about shocking statistics on road deaths and the number of accidents at level crossings.

The Western Cape Transport Department's David Frost told the court that the maximum sentence must be imposed on Humphreys.

"It can be a deterrent for other drivers out there because if there’s no effective deterrent, drivers will continue doing what they’re doing," he said.

Parents were not very interested in the figures.

They said they want the case finalised.

"It is very traumatic to sit here and listen. I think it’s really getting to us now,” one parent said.

If closing arguments are wrapped up on Wednesday, judgment may follow shortly thereafter. 

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