Dragging victim ‘crashed into kids’

AFP-JIJI

A Mozambican taxi driver who was dragged behind a police van and died in custody was in a car accident that killed five schoolchildren just days before his death, a South African court heard Monday.

Twenty-seven-year-old Mido Macia faced charges of culpable homicide over the incident, Lokhimbar Dikotope, a lawyer defending the nine policemen charged with his murder, said at a bail hearing.

The defense appeared to argue that some of Macia’s injuries uncovered by an autopsy may have been a result of the accident, after prosecutors said Macia was brutally abused before and after his arrest. No further details about the car accident were given.