Judicial inquest into death of Ford Kuga owner resumes

Reshall Jimmy died after the vehicle he was travelling in, burst into flames while he was holidaying in the Southern Cape in December 2015.

A stripped down replica of a Ford Kuga is examined at the Western Cape High Court on 20 May 2019 for the inquest into Reshall Jimmy's death. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A judicial inquest into the death of man in a Ford Kuga resumed in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

Reshall Jimmy died after the vehicle he was travelling in, burst into flames while he was holidaying in the Southern Cape in December 2015.

The inquiry was expected to determine the cause of Jimmy’s death and whether auto manufacturer Ford could be held liable.

In March, Judge Robert Henny heard evidence from witnesses who attended to the fire.

One of the first witnesses testified that he saw a car with four occupants driving away from the scene.

Another refuted claims of hearing a gunshot on the night of the tragedy.

Jimmy’s family said he died as a result of a technical defect in the SUV.

Ford, however, denied the claims.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) earlier declined to prosecute due to a lack of evidence.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)