Mangochi First Grade Magistrate Court on Thursday has convicted and sentenced a 42 year old Vincent Mwanza to a fine of one million and two hundred and fifty thousand kwacha in default of 36 months lmprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) for an offence of causing death by reckless driving contrary to section 126 (4c) of Road Traffic Act.
Sub lnspector Laston Sabola, a Prosecutor based at Monkey-Bay Police Post told court that on March 22, 2017, the accused person was driving a Minibus Nissan Caravan registration number BT1381 from the direction of Golomoti heading to Monkey-Bay with sixteen passengers on board.
Upon arrival at Mpatsa farm the outer cover of the left tyre got removed and due to speeding he lost control of the motor vehicle hence he swerved to the extreme offside of the road where it overturned three times.
The Prosecutor further said that following the impact five female passengers sustained multiple fractures and head injuries and they died on the spot while other two passengers sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Mangochi District Hospital.
The accused person pleaded guilty as charged.
In mitigation, he begged for leniency from the court as he is a bread winner to his family however the Prosecutor pleaded for a stiffer penalty.
When passing judgement, His Worship First Grade Magistrate Ronald M’bwana expressed his concern over the accused person’s conduct for driving carelessly without following road safety measures.
Mbwana hence fined the the convict a sum of MK1 250 000.00 in default of 36 months I.H.L in order to serve as a lesson to others.
If the money is paid, each deceased family will receive K150 000.00 as compensation.
Meanwhile the accused person is in Prison after failing to pay the fine.
Vincent Mwanza hails from Msampha Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mabvwele in Mchinji district.