Accused gets bail, family offers reward

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A bail of R30 000 was granted to Omesh Ramnarain, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the two counts of culpable homicide on 6 April in connection with the death of two Durban cyclists, Richard da Silva and Jared Dwyer. The friends were cycling along the M4 Ruth First freeway, in the emergency lane, when they were allegedly struck by Ramnarain’s black VW Golf GTi on 7 February 2016.

His bail was granted pending the outcome of his appeal. Ramnarain, who pleaded not guilty, was acquitted on the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

High Court Judge Mokgere Masipa found that the decision of the regional court on May 25 to refuse Ramnarain bail pending his appeal was wrong. Masipa said there was nothing to suggest that he would endanger the safety of the public should he be released on bail.

In his defence, Ramnarain claimed that a rock might have been thrown at his vehicle whilst driving along the road shattering his windscreen, which resulted in him not being able to see ahead.

Durban Magistrates’ Court Judge Anand Maharaj said he had found this version to be ‘highly improbable’.

According to media reports, the Ramnarain’s offered a reward of R10 000 last week for information that would give clarity as to what happened on the day of the accident.

The family said they merely wanted to find closure on the case, as they could not accept the 10-year sentence Ramnarain had been handed down last month. They also hoped to find information that could help reverse his conviction and sentencing.