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Taxi driver guilty of killing Olympic MTB star Burry Stander

South African court convicts Njabulo Nyawose in connection with incident in January 2013

A minibus taxi driver in South Africa has been convicted of culpable homicide in connection with the death of Olympic mountain bike rider Burry Stander in January 2013.

Njabulo Nyawose was also convicted of failure to obey a traffic sign as Stander, aged 25, was hit by his vehicle riding through Shelly Beach on the KwaZulu-Natal coast on his way home from a training ride.

The prosecution case was that Nyawose was travelling south on the Marine Drive when he crossed the centre line to turn right, and hit Stander, who was heading north, reports

In South Africa, as in the UK, vehicles are driven on the left, and Nyawose had claimed that the damage caused to Stander’s bike indicated had been travelling too fast.

However, Magistrate Charmaine Barnard, sitting at Port Shepstone Magistrates’ Court, rejected that defence.

Stander’s widow Cherise, quoted on Eyewitness News, said: “I’m very emotional at this stage, but happy with the verdict.

“I think the fact that he was found guilty is a very good.

“He ultimately made a mistake that day, and it won’t bring Burry back but it’s definitely justice for him.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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