A 32-year-old cyclist Moses Mwewa of Serenje was on Friday convicted and fined K3, 000 for causing death by dangerous cycling contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Another man was fined K4, 000 for causing death by dangerous driving. Both men pleaded guilty to the offences.
Before Kabwe High Court Judge in Charge was Mwewa who, while riding an Atlas bicycle on the Serenje-Samfya road on 16th June 2015, hit Mathews Mushili who sustained serious head injuries as per post-mortem conducted at Serenje district hospital where the body was taken.
The prosecution noted that Mwewa failed to take full control of the bicycle by swerving or reducing the speed of the bicycle so as to avoid the pedestrian.
In mitigation moved by his lawyer Kateule Chitupila from Legal Aid Board, Mwewa pleaded with the court to exercise lenience as he was a first offender who had shown remorse by assisting the bereaved family with K500 towards funeral expenses.
Ms. Chitupila said that her client was married with three children and had not wasted the court’s time by readily admitting the charge. She prayed that the court gives her client a non-custodial sentence.
In passing sentence, Judge Sichinga said he was convicting Mwewa on his own plea of guilty and had taken note of his mitigation.
He fined him K3, 000 which should be paid within two months or face three months simple imprisonment in default.
Meanwhile, a motorist Selisho Chanda, 37, was fined K4,000 or six months simple imprisonment in default for causing the death of a cyclist Jonas Lombe on 6th April 2015 while driving a Mitsubishi Rosa bus with 27 passengers on board along the Great North Road in Chisamba area. Lombe died on the spot.
In mitigation, Chanda said he was a married man with four children and unemployed arising from the accident.
The judge suspended Chanda’s licence for six months and that it would only be reinstated upon being re-examined by the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA).