A VICTORIA Falls magistrate acquitted Peter Ndlovu on culpable homicide charges
The fatal accident which involved Peter’s BMWX5 vehicle occurred at the 417km peg along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Road on December 16, with the soccer legend behind the wheel.
Another passenger, Nomqhele Tshili, also died in the crash.
Prosecutors told the trial, which started on Wednesday that Ndlovu, 39, was driving well above the 120km speed limit when he overshot a curve and slammed into the trees.
Ndlovu, who has pleaded not guilty, said through his lawyer Harrison Nkomo that he was driving at between 90 and 100km when one of the vehicle’s tyres burst, causing him to lose control.
But Constable Victor Mavunga, leading the investigation, testified on Wednesday that they had seen no evidence of a burst tyre prior to impact.
Nkomo however discredited the police investigation on Thursday by telling the court that the wrong tyres had been submitted for forensic analysis.
Ndlovu’s BMW X5 had two rear Bridgestone tyres and two front Hankook Ventus tyres, the lawyer said, but the tyres shown in evidence in court comprised one Hankook tyre and a Continental tyre.
Nkomo urged the court to acquit the former Coventry City, Sheffield United and Mamelodi Sundowns striker saying the prosecution case led by was weak.
Prosecutors had simply failed to show that Ndlovu was speeding, the lawyer said. Ndlovu had no way of knowing that an accident was imminent since it was caused by a burst tyre, he added. NewZimbabwe