Tears help wash away pain

Kathryn Kimberley

THERE was not a dry eye in court yesterday as a grieving Port Elizabeth mother forgave the motorist who drove into and killed her youngest son in 2011.

Greg van Eyk, 24, who had been driving his scooter just metres from his parents’ Sherwood home, died at the scene of the accident.

Chantelle Morgan, a hairdresser from Cape Town, apologised to Van Eyk’s family, saying she shared their grief.

Morgan’s brother was killed in a similar manner eight years before Van Eyk’s death.

Taking the stand in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court yesterday, Morgan, 32, who sobbed as the events of September 28 2011 were presented by the prosecution, pleaded guilty to a charge of culpable homicide.

Morgan was accordingly convicted and sentenced to a fine of R10000 coupled with a suspended sentence.

It was the first time Van Eyk’s parents, Ronnie and Desire, had come face to face with the woman responsible for Greg’s death. Sitting in the courtroom gallery, the Van Eyks clung to each other and cried as Morgan expressed her remorse.

She had been visiting her aunt in Port Elizabeth at the time of the accident.

Once the court gave its ruling, Desire, 54, said: “I forgive her.”

The two embraced outside the court before parting ways.

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