Nurse smelled alcohol on Moon

2011-12-06 18:19
Bryce Moon (File)
Johannesburg - Soccer star Bryce Moon apparently smelled of alcohol when he was in hospital shortly after he ran over Mavis Ncube in Sandhurst, the Randburg Magistrate's Court heard on Tuesday.

Johannesburg metro police officer Mphumuzi Tom testified that he was told by a nurse at Morningside Clinic that she suspected there was something wrong with Moon.

"After she said she suspected he smelled of alcohol, I went up to him and when I got close to him I could also smell alcohol on him."

He said the same nurse claimed that Moon was refusing to co-operate with hospital staff.

Tom said that when he went to speak to Moon, he was calm.

"I then asked the nurses to take a blood sample and I also told him [Moon] that the nurses would be taking blood from him."

Moon allegedly hit Ncube with his Mercedes-Benz coupe at high speed in Sandhurst in July 2009. She was taken to the Morningside Clinic where she died of her injuries.

Tom said that when he arrived at the accident scene he saw Moon sitting in the driver's seat of the car with two other men in the back of the car.

He said he asked all of them who the driver was.

The soccer player told the officer he had been driving.

Moon was asked for his driver's licence, but said he had forgotten it at home.

Tom said Moon had suffered head injuries. "He had a cut on his head and he had a lot of blood on his face."

Moon and his passengers were taken to hospital by one of the ambulances that arrived at the scene.

On Monday, one of Ncube's employers said she was angry when she saw her employee lying on the ground.

"I thought a bunch of idiots had probably been partying and now...," said Nancy Turner.

When asked why she thought they were from a party, she said it was because of the way they were dressed.

"They were in casual party clothes, not in formal clothes that could be worn to work..., they were not going to work."

Moon's mother, father and other relatives sat in court and listened attentively as Tom testified.

Dressed in a fawn-coloured suit, Moon kept turning to look at his father during the proceedings.

Moon plays for SuperSport United. He has also played for the national team.

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