Accused PE hit-and-run man moves to NW as per bail conditions

BY MARC JACOBSON - MARCH 3, 2016

27-year-old, William Taute, who mowed down two teenage girls, while allegedly being under the influence, was granted R5 000 bail in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

As a part of his bail conditions, Taute is to report to the Vryburg Police Station, in North West Province, twice a week. Taute will be staying on a family farm in Vryburg.

Taute was employed as an account manager at South African Breweries (SAB) and is facing multiple charges of culpable homicide, attempted murder, reckless or negligent driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and failure by driver to immediately stop after an accident.

He was supported by his brother and parents during court proceedings on Tuesday.

Ryno Scholtz, Taute’s defence attorney, indicated that his client pleaded not guilty to the charges laid against him.

Following the accident, Jaydene Lucas (16), was immediately taken to Livingstone Hospital where she was put on life support. The machines were then switched off and she passed away on Monday afternoon.

Her accompanying friend, Lorren Abrahams (20), is still reportedly in a critical condition.

Timothy van Rooyen, State Prosecutor, stated in court on Tuesday that Taute was allegedly driving at a high speed and had allegedly jumped a red robot before colliding with the girls on Friday night.

It was then also allegedly indicated that he refused to stop at the accident scene and also overtook other stationery cars.

Court Proceedings also revealed that Taute had recently resigned from his job at SAB with plans to relocate to New Zealand to seek opportunities abroad.

These plans were then cancelled following the incident with his passport being handed over to the investigating officer, meaning the state did not oppose bail.

The case is postponed to May 10th for further investigation.