Link Road horror crash accused sentenced to 20 years

Byron Pillay (left), Delon Cadman (top) and Preston Denalin Naicker (above).

After three men were killed in a horror crash on Link Road in Shallcross over two years ago, their families have the closure they deserve after the driver of the vehicle which crashed into them was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment at the Durban Regional Court, on Monday.

Moorton resident, Kreeson Moodley (23), was sentenced to five years each for three counts of culpable homicide, three years for reckless and negligent driving and two years for driving under the influence of alcohol. The tragic incident unfolded after the ‘alleged speeding drunk driver’ in a BMW crashed into a Toyota Yaris.

Three of the friends, 18-year-old Preston Denalin Naicker of Montford, 34-year-old Delon Cadman of Moorton and Byron Pillay of Havenside, were declared dead at the scene by paramedics, while their other two friends, Deon Budram of Montford and a 26-year-old off-duty policeman of the Chatsworth Crime Intelligence Unit, survived the crash and remained in a critical condition at two different hospitals.

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Cadman’s brother, Donaven Gurriah, said their family welcomed the outcome of the case and hope that the sentence sends out a strong warning to other road users to think twice before driving under the influence of alcohol.

“Although this will not bring my brother back, we now have some closure and justice has finally prevailed. We hope that motorists will try to be more responsible and the outcome of this case will deter them from drinking and driving, endangering other road users in the future,” he added.

Meanwhile, Marianhill SAPS are appealing to members of the community to assist them in identifying a decomposed body which was found in the area, recently.

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According to communications officer of the Mariannhill SAPS, Cpt Harold, the body was found in the bushes on Nerina Road.

“The head and torso was badly decomposed making identification impossible. The deceased was wearing black All-stars takkies, black leggings, a black jacket and a white vest,” he said. Residents who have family members missing or can identify the deceased is urged to contact Cpt Harold on 078-368-2373.

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Yoshini Perumal

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