Family wanted Moon to pay for funeral, court told
Murder and other charges against soccer star Bryce Moon were reinstated after he refused to pay for the funeral of the woman he allegedly ran over and killed, the Randburg Magistrate's Court heard yesterday.
Moon was applying to have the charges against him withdrawn.
His lawyer, Naren Sangham, accused Mavis Ncube's employers - Nancy and Greg Turner - of fabricating evidence to have charges against Moon reinstated.
Ncube died at Sandton's Morningside Clinic in 2009 after she was struck by a car Moon was allegedly driving at high speed on Katherine Street, Sandhurst.
Sangham said: "It's obvious that Turner [Greg] was trying to initiate some kind of compensation to be paid to the family of the deceased."
He said Greg sought evidence against Moon after a meeting between the families of Ncube and Moon. Ncube's family had expected Moon to pay the burial and hospital costs, the court heard.
Moon's family had visited Ncube's family to sympathise with them over her death, but had refused to pay any money.
"There was displeasure when the Moons said they wouldn't pay."
Sangham said Turner made changes to his initial statements, adding and omitting information. He said in doing so, he denied Moon a fair trial.
Sangham accused the Turners of dictating and driving the investigation.
Turner had previously testified that he had been asked by a police officer to take pictures of the accident scene.
"It's absurd that a civilian, who has no experience with criminal procedures, would be asked to assist in investigating a case," Sangham said.
He said the Turners had pressured the police into investigating the accident again. Turner told the court that Thandi Sibanda, who was with Ncube when the accident took place, had told him she had heard a knocking sound when Moon's car was approaching.
When Sibanda was asked in court what she had heard, it was different to what she had apparently described to Turner.
Sangham said Turner had fabricated his evidence and that his statements were unreliable.
Charges against Moon were previously withdrawn, but reinstated in April last year.