'I Was Fleeing for My Life'

Cape Times (South Africa), September 15, 2011 | Go to article overview

'I Was Fleeing for My Life'


JOHANNESBURG: The taxi driver who dragged a woman under his vehicle for 700m claims he was fleeing for his life when the accident occurred.

The man's lawyer, an advocate Moeti, told the Randburg Magistrate's Court yesterday he had knocked down Kim McCusker and ended up dragging her under his taxi while trying to escape from her fianc[c], Lawrence Grobler, who was assaulting him at the time.

The 31-year-old Diepsloot taxi driver has been charged with attempted murder. He has also laid a charge of assault against Grobler.

McCusker and Grobler, who had been engaged for two weeks, were on their way to the gym on Tuesday morning when Thamage allegedly bumped into their Corsa bakkie on Lonehill Boulevard.

Grobler told security guards at the scene he had got out of the car at the four-way stop on Concourse Crescent to speak to Thamage. McCusker is alleged to have also got out of the car and stood in front of the taxi, although it is not clear why she did so.

A guard said Thamage had then driven off, knocking the 25-year-old advocate off her feet. Her clothes got caught on the taxi and Thamage dragged her for 700m and is alleged to have refused to stop when other motorists flagged him down. By the time Thamage stopped and she was freed, her gym clothes were torn.

She was badly injured and a trail of blood stretched from a few metres away from the spot where the altercation is reported to have started and ended at a place where the taxi is said to have stopped. …

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