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Malawi : Man fined K225 000.00 for causing death by reckless driving

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Mangochi Second Grade Magistrate Court on Thursday June 15, 2017 convicted and sentenced Osman Saiko for an offence of causing death by reckless driving contrary to section 126(4c) of the Road Traffic Act.

The court sentenced Saiko to a fine of Two Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand Kwacha in default of 40 months Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL).

The court through Mangochi Police Station Prosecutor lnspector Efford Kamphonje heard that on June 02, 2017, the accused person was driving a Hyundai Lorry registration number 2092 from the direction of Mangochi boma heading to Chiponde(Bakili Muluzi Highway) with several passengers on board.

Upon arrival at Sumaili Village, he suddenly swerved to his nearside dirty verge to avoid passing on the rumble surface hence the motor vehicle was in high speed.

As a result one passenger Mustafa Stambuli fell down from the moving motor vehicle and was eventually pressed by the rear tyres of the same motor vehicle.

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Additionally the Prosecutor said that following the impact the victim sustained internal rib injuries and died upon arrival at Namwera Health Centre.

The accused pleaded guilty as charged but begged for a lenient punishment as he is a bread winner to his family.

However, the Prosecutor said that the convict deserved a stiffer punishment not only because he violated traffic regulations but also for not observing road safety measures.

Passing the judgement, His Worship Second Grade Magistrate Pearson Mwanyali concurred with the state hence he fined the offender to a sum of two hundred and twenty five thousand kwacha in default to 40 months imprisonment with hard labour in order to serve as a lesson to others who drive recklessly.

The deceased family got K100 000.00 as compensation.

Osman Saiko hails from Taliani Village in the area of Traditional Authority Jalasi in the district.

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