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Witness in Simba Mhere case claims accused reeked of alcohol

The witness claims on the day of the accident, the accused told her he'd fallen asleep behind the wheel.

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s Top Billing presenters Simba Mhere and Jonathan Boynton-Lee. Picture: Facebook.
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JOHANNESBURG – A second woman involved in the crash which killed Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere has told the Randburg Magistrates Court that the accused smelt of alcohol.

Preshalin Naidoo is facing two counts of culpable homicide for the death of Mhere and his friend Kady-Shay O'Bryan more than a year ago. 

The witness, Mamokete Laka, claims on the day of the accident, Naidoo told her that he had fallen asleep behind the wheel.

Last year, Naidoo blamed mechanical faults for the accident and pleaded not guilty to the charges. 

The family lawyer of the two deceased, Ryan Harrison, says witness Laka stated in her affidavit that Naidoo smelt of alcohol, but there was no opportunity to alert the police on the scene as she was rushed to hospital herself.

“She was a passenger at the back of the vehicle. She awoke to her brother shouting ‘what is this guy doing’? There was a big bang at which stage her and her family had discussions with him and her evidence was that she could definitely smell a strong scent of alcohol on the accused.” 

The defence denies the accused was under the influence of alcohol.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)


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