Charges withdrawn today February 13, 2009
Nicolaas Pretorius, the driver who crashed into late Isidingo actress Ashley Callie, walked out of the Johannesburg Magistrates Court a free man this morning after charges against him were withdrawn.
The prosecutor in the case, who declined to reveal her name, provided no reasons as to why the charges of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving were withdrawn.
This week it was reported that there was a strong chance that Pretorius could walk because of problems relating to court jurisdiction.
The accident took place in the jurisdictional area of the Johannesburg Magistrates Court, but for the past 10 months, his has has been heard in the Randburg Magistrates Court.
Pretorius’s attorney, Ronald Lotz, argued in court that charges against his client could not proceed unless there were written instructions from the National Director of Public Prosecutions.
The prosecutor would not say whether Pretorius would be recharged in connection with Callie’s death, and refused to comment further.
Outside court, Pretorius said he was happy that the case was over.
“I just want to move on with my life and I’m glad that this is over and done with. Justice has been served,” he said.
Callie’s sister, Lauren Callie, who was not present in court, said the family was “very disappointed” at the outcome.
- The Times