First Grade Magistrate Court in Mangochi has fine Lucius Kazembe, MK 750 000 in default to 36 Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) following conviction in a crime of causing death by reckless driving which is contrary to section 126(4) of the Road Traffic Act.
Kazembe, aged 32, was answering the charges after he hit and killed a student from St John the Baptist University which is run by Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI) in Mangochi three months ago.
The court heard that the accused hit the 22-year old student Phunziro Matupa at Wanja Village along the Liwonde Mangochi road as he was overtaking vehicles ahead of him.
The accused pleaded guilty as charged but in his mitigation begged lenient punishment.
However, concurring with he prosecutor who pleaded for stiffer sentence, First Grade Magistrate Ronald M’bwana slapped the convict with MK 750 000 fine in default to 36 months IHL.
The offender managed to pay the money of which the bereaved family will get a share of MK250 000 as compensation.
Lucius Kazembe hails from Ntenge Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chimwala in Mangochi district.