Court case transferred January 14, 2009
Relatives of actress Ashley Callie on Wednesday described as “irritating” the transfer to another court of the culpable homicide case against the man involved in her fatal accident.
“This is highly irritating and frustrating because it is just a metre away from the jurisdiction,” her sister Lauren Callie told journalists outside the Randburg Magistrate’s Court.
The case, which has been heard in Randburg since Nico Pretorius, 21, was charged with culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving last year, will now be heard in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court.
Prosecutor Gary Famanda told the court a decision was taken to transfer the matter as Randburg had no jurisdiction over it.
It emerged during proceedings that the February 8, 2008, accident in which Callie’s car collided with Pretorius’ car was a few metres short of being within the Randburg jurisdiction.
The two cars collided on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Tana Road in Linden, leaving Callie with head injuries. She died in hospital on February 15.
Clad in white T-shirts imprinted with Callie’s face, date of birth and the day she died, her family, friends and colleagues from the Isidingo soap opera said the transfer would further delay the case.
“This is a year we would have loved to see the case reaching its finality,” Lauren Callie said.
Also annoyed by the announcement was magistrate Pieter Erasmus, who repeatedly shook his head on hearing reasons given for the transfer.
“What I don’t understand is that the charge sheet state streets which fall within the Randburg jurisdiction. The case… The incident is now a year on the roll and they are changing the jurisdiction,” Erasmus said.
The matter will be heard on February 13, two days before the anniversary of Callie’s death.