A Durban motorist who was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment for killing two cyclists on the M4 in 2016, has been cleared on appeal.
Omesh Ramnarain was convicted of two counts of culpable homicide, for the deaths of cyclists Richard da Silva and Jarred Dwyer, in the Durban Regional Court in May 2018.
News24 previously reported that Ramnarain had left a nightclub at about 05:00 and, according to witnesses, was travelling at high speed when he crashed into the two cyclists who were at the back of a pack of cyclists on a recreational ride.
During his trial, the State alleged that he had been drunk at the time. Ramnarain claimed he only had four Hunters Gold beers and was not under the influence of alcohol.
While several witnesses testified that they had smelled alcohol on his breath, a blood sample was taken more than two hours after the legal time limit and Durban Regional Court Magistrate Anand Maharaj acquitted him of a charge of driving under the influence.
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