Published March 11, 2013
JOHANNESBURG – A South African prosecutor says a Mozambican taxi driver who was dragged from a South African police vehicle died from lack of oxygen and also suffered extensive head lacerations.
The South African Press Association says prosecutor December Mthimunye gave details of the autopsy of driver Mido Macia at a bail hearing Monday for nine police officers charged with his murder.
SAPA quoted Mthimunye as saying the driver died of hypoxia, had hemorrhaging in his right lung and tissue around his heart, suffered bruises to his genitals and also forearm injuries, suggesting he was fending off blows.
Macia was dragged from a police vehicle after allegedly blocking a road with his vehicle east of Johannesburg, and was later found dead in a police cell. Some onlookers filmed the dragging incident.