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Let me out of jail‚ says driver who ploughed into Durban cyclists

Businessman Omesh Ramnarain sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for the 2016 deaths of cyclists Richard da Silva and Jarred Dwyer.

Businessman Omesh Ramnarain sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for the 2016 deaths of cyclists Richard da Silva and Jarred Dwyer. 
Image: THULI DLAMINI. File photo

Durban businessman Omesh Ramnarain convicted on charges of culpable homicide and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for the 2016 deaths of cyclists Richard da Silva and Jarred Dwyer – has launched a bid for bail while he appeals his sentence.

His review application was heard in the Durban High court on Monday‚ with Ramnarain having spent just shy of a month behind bars.

Da Silva and Dwyer had been on a pre-dawn training ride on the M4 Ruth First Freeway in February 2016 when Ramnarain struck them with his car as he returned home from a nightclub.

In May this year‚ Magistrate Anand Maharaj sentenced Ramnarain to five years in jail for each count of culpable homicide. The two terms would run consecutively.

His driver’s license was also suspended for a year.

An application for leave to appeal was granted‚ but bail pending the outcome of the court action was refused.

The basis for his application‚ argued by Advocate Murray Pitman‚ was that Maharaj’s denial of bail was merely an attempt to punish his client.

Pitman asserted that the magistrate himself had thought that there was reasonable prospects of a successful appeal of the conviction and sentence by granting Ramnarain leave to approach another court.

“It is not in the interests of justice that he serve his sentence until the appeal is finalised which could take as long as two years… then the effect of any possible acquittal will have been obliterated‚” he said.

The state had disagreed‚ arguing that the sentence was appropriate given that two people had been killed.

Durban high court Judge Mokgere Masipa will deliver her ruling on Monday next week.

One person injured in KZN plane crash

Police search and rescue personnel rushed to a light aircraft crash in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

olice search and rescue personnel rushed to a light aircraft crash in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. 
Image: SAPS SEARCH AND RESCUE

Police search and rescue personnel and paramedics were on Monday morning rushing to a light aircraft crash in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

It is understood that a light aircraft crashed in the Dargle area.

The plane is said to have crashed on the side of a mountain‚ with one person in a critical condition.

Emergency helicopters have been dispatched to the area.

This is a developing story.

Volunteer medics attacked and robbed In Cape Town

Community medic crews treating patients in Du Noon were robbed at gun and knife point and had their personal valuables and some equipment stolen.

Community medic crews treating patients in Du Noon were robbed at gun and knife point and had their personal valuables and some equipment stolen. 
Image: Supplied

Two Community Medics crews were attacked and robbed at gun and knife point in the early hours of Saturday while treating patients in Du Noon‚ Cape Town.

Community Medics spokesperson Kim Jurgens said the medics’ personal valuables and some of their equipment had been stolen in the armed robbery.

The medics had managed to escape unharmed.

“Trauma counselling has been arranged for all involved‚” Jurgens said.

“One of our response vehicles was damaged when a brick was thrown through the window and broke the window and damaged the door and locking mechanism on the other door.

“The family of the patient put themselves in danger to protect our crew‚ and we are pleased to report that they were not injured‚” Jurgens said.

This was one of two attacks on EMS crews overnight‚ she added.

GOLDEN ARROW BUS DRIVER RECOVERING AFTER BEING SHOT

GOLDEN ARROW BUS DRIVER RECOVERING AFTER BEING SHOTThe man was shot six times while driving into a depot earlier this week.FILE: Golden Arrow Bus Service. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN – A Golden Arrow bus driver is recovering in hospital after he was shot several times during an attack in Philippi.

The man was shot six times while driving into a depot earlier this week.

Golden Arrow’s Bronwen Dyke-Beyer says at this stage, the motive for the attack is not clear but the bus service is working closely with the South African Police Services (SAPS).

“We would urge anybody who has any information to please come forward.”

“The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his body. He was transported to hospital for treatment. No one has been arrested at this stage,” says SAPS Spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana.

POLICE SEARCHING FOR CRIMINALS BEHIND TORCHING OF MPUMALANGA SCHOOL BUILDINGS

OHANNESBURG – Mpumalanga police are searching for the criminals responsible for torching two school buildings in Siyabuswa.

It’s believed angry residents were behind the crime in the early hours of Saturday morning, following a by-election in the Dr JS Moroka Municipality which didn’t yield the desired result for some.

Police say three classrooms were damaged at one school, while the staffroom was affected at another.

Police spokesperson Leonard Hlathi said: “This is uncalled for. We call it a sabotage to learners because you are stopping the process of learning and teaching. In that way, you are making the learners to be criminals tomorrow.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)