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Judgment reserved in Blackheath taxi case

Jacob Humphreys will have to wait to hear if he will be granted bail.

Taxi driver Jacob Humphreys will have to wait to hear if he will be granted bail.

He was found guilty on 10 counts of murder, one for each of the children who died in the Buttskop Level Crossing crash in 2010.

Humphreys overtook several vehicles and manoeuvred his way past closed booms before his taxi was hit by a train.

In May, Humphreys was granted leave to appeal by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Before the application is heard the court has to decide whether the trial judge had to preside over the matter.

The defence argued against this and Judge Stelzner heard the application.

The defence argued he was not a flight risk and has previously complied with restrictive bail conditions.

The prosecution argued it was in the interest of the community that Humphreys remained behind bars.

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority has made it clear that it would fight to keep Humphreys behind bars.

Last week, Metrorail announced it would be installing CCTV cameras at level crossings in a bid to stop reckless driving.