By Deborah Kulinji
The First Grade Magistrates’ Court in Blantyre has ordered a 23 year old student, Abdul Banda to pay a K110, 000 fine as punishment for killing a man through reckless driving.
The court heard that on October 6, 2018, the convict, Abdul Banda, was driving an IT 8740 Nissan saloon along Chimwankhunda road and in the process, hit the deceased, Enock Mbangwe while he was walking along the road.
Court further heard that, at the time of the accident, Banda was driving without a drivers licence.
However the convict helped the deceased by taking him to the hospital where due to severe injuries died after some three weeks.
Following the death, Soche Police apprehended the culprit and brought him to book.
In court, Banda pleaded guilty to the offences of reckless driving contrary to to section 126 (4) of the Road Traffic Act; Driving a motor vehicle without being insured, contrary to section 151 (2) of Road Traffic Act and Operating unregistered motor vehicle on public road, contrary to section 11 (2) Road Traffic Act.
Before court, Banda pleaded guilty to the offences.
He however asked for leniency saying he was the first offender as well as a student who had no any other means of income.
Further in his mitigation, Banda asked for court’s leniency, as he had taken full responsibility of looking after the deceased while in hospital as well as assisted during the funeral.
State Prosecutor Police Inspector Ng’ambi lamented over the increase of road accidents that are causing death as serious injuries to people.
Passing out judgement, First Grade Magistrate Dossier slapped Banda with a K110, 000 fine to serve as lesson and most importanrly as a deterent to would be offenders.
The convict hails from Kapoloma Village, Traditional Authority Kapoloma in Machinga district.