This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. [7] He was released in 2009. Teaching assistant Harry Simons lost control of his car while navigating a right-hand bend on the A149 Cromer Road at Thorpe Market on March 21 this year. Jo Farquharson, Mr Simons’ girlfriend, said he left her home in Beeston Regis for work at 7.32am on the day of the crash, which was “later than normal” by about 12 minutes. Simon was released in 2009. In 2002 Simon was involved in a serious car accident, sustaining injuries that prevented his defending his title; because of this he was stripped of the belt.[1][2]. His driver later admitted to have steered the vehicle and was sentenced to 2 years' jail. The inquest heard how Mr Simons passed his driving test in April 2017. “We continue to love and miss him every second of every day and take comfort in knowing how well thought of and liked Harry was by all.”. Please try again! In 2002, Simon was involved in a serious car crash. THE Namibian taxpayer may have to fork out more than N$31 million for the fatal crash that saw former world boxing champion Harry Simon sentenced to two years in jail for culpable homicide. Your registration validation was not succsessful! In 2020 he published a book, "Lifestyle and Treatments in Prison", detailing his experiences in jail. You will receive an email from The Namibian with your new password. PUBLICITY PLATFORM "The fear is that if one setsout the things that the fund can do so widely, at the end of theday we will find that millions and millions are spent on all theseother things rather than on the compensation of victims simplybecause all these other things will be more interesting to themanagement and directors of the Fund and will buy them influencewith other parastatals, give them reason to travelextensively…" Vaatz writes in a submission on the bill.Hewill represent the Law Society at the seminar this week, but Vaatzindicated that the seminar was merely a publicity platform, as itwould not even be attended by lawmakers who should eventuallydecide in the best interest of the public.The draft bill looks setto attract strong objections from lawyers and accident victims whofeel their claims have not been fairly attended to.As it is, theMVA Fund faces claims totalling N$89 million that have beensubmitted in the last five years and which the fund has refused topay.The fund paid out N$51 million in 2003, and only N$38 millionin 2004.There are about 8 000 car accidents a year in Namibia.It isbelieved most people are unaware of the third-party insurance thatis provided by the MVA Fund. To send a link to this page you must be logged in. He said it is caused when a front-wheel drive car approaches a bend at “very close” to its limit of adhesion, and throttle pressure is suddenly released. Boris Johnson ‘considering national lockdown next week’, Suburban house with a secret: a £240k cannabis factory. Dean Lee said he was overtaken by Mr Simons at about 7.45am as he travelled on the A149 towards Thorpe Market. NAMIBIANS have been urged to be aware of cybercrime as it is not easy to detect and presents a real risk to victims. He lost his world middleweight title owing to injuries sustained from the car accident, being stripped of the belt for failure to defend it. © 2015 The Namibian All rights reserved. Your registration validation was succsessful! [6], On 9 July 2007, Simon began serving his two-year prison sentence for culpable homicide after losing the appeal of his 2005 conviction. Your password has not been changed! BOYS aged 10 to 18 are encouraged to sign up for an empowerment seminar which promises to impart to them the tools of surviving in a world riddled with violence, peer pressure and low self-esteem. [3], Simon was involved in two serious car accidents resulting in fatalities. "There is a likelihood that the claim amount will goup," says Mainga.All the survivors of the Langstrand accident(injured passengers, pedestrians or their dependants) are entitledto claim compensation from the MVA.Mainga could not say whether anyclaims had been submitted in connection with an earlier crashinvolving Simon.A married couple - Siegfried and Elke Kessler -died in that accident, which took place just outside Swakopmund inApril 2001. As an amateur Simon represented Namibia as a welterweight at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, and had an overall amateur record of 121-9. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community. He was found guilty of "culpable homicide" and sentenced to jail in 2007. [4], The second accident, in late 2002, saw Simon seriously injured and eventually sent to jail. He later captured the WBO Middleweight title against Sweden's Armand Krajnc in a unanimous 12-round decision. Search for articles & photographs since 2020-10-01. Please try again! [8], "Brilliant Harry silences his critics...hailed as the finest leather trade in Namibian history", "Boxer Simon's driver sent to prison over horror car crash", "Expert cites speed as key factor in Simon crash",, "Simon speaks life and struggles in prison…opens up in new book", All-Africa Boxing Champions in Men's Welterweight,, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 12 July 2020, at 17:36. On 5 August 2005, Simon was given a two-year jail sentence, after he was found guilty of culpable homicide stemming from the November 2002 car accident, which resulted in the deaths of the three people. PUBLISHED: 16:40 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:55 11 September 2018, Harry Simons, who died in a crash in Thorpe Market in March. Mr Simons’ died at the scene, while Mrs Chisholm suffered spinal injuries and nerve damage. Three Belgian tourists - two adults and a baby - died in thecollision with Simon's Mercedes-Benz at Langstrand in November2002.Survivors and relatives of the deceased have submitted fourclaims to the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund.The Fund is a State institution that pays for third-party caraccident victims as a general insurance programme formotorists.It is funded by a levy on all fuel sales in Namibia.A legal advisor to the MVA fund, Inonge Mainga, confirmed lastweek that four claims totalling N$31,28 million had been submittedby Dr Bert Coene, Carol Cornelis and two minors.The MVA will be forced to pay out the total amount if the claimsare justified, because the accident took place on November 21 2002,a month before new regulations introduced a liability cap of N$730000.

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