A 32-year-old man of Serenje has been convicted and fined K3,000 for causing death by dangerous cycling contrary to the laws of Zambia.

In the same court, a 37-year-old 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 Robert Sichinga was Moses 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 disposed of.

The prosecution noted that Mwewa failed to take full control of the bicycle by swerving or reducing the speed of the bicycle to avoid the pedestrian.

The accident scene was visited by police officers who generated a sketch drawing of the.

In mitigation moved by his lawyer Kateule Chitupila from Legal Aid board, Mwewa pleaded with the court to exercise maximum lenience when passing judgment as he was a first offender who had shown remorse by assisting the bereaved family with K500 towards funeral expenses.

Ms. Chitupila said 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 Judgment, Judge Sichinga said that he was convicting Mwewa upon his own plea of guilty and had taken note of his mitigation.

He thereafter went on to pass the sentence of a fine of K3,000 which should be paid within two months or face three months simple imprisonment in default.

Meanwhile, a 37-year-old was convicted and fined K4,000 or face six months simple imprisonment in default for causing the death of cyclist Jonas Lombe on 6th April 2015 while driving a Mitsubishi Rosa bus along the Great north road in Chisamba area with 27 passengers on board.

The accident happened at 22 miles area because Chanda could not stop or control the bus thereby hitting Lombe who died on the spot and his body was disposed of at Liteta hospital. The post-mortem revealed that the deceased died of head, chest and abdominal trauma.

In mitigation, Selisho Bwalya Chanda said he was a married man with four children and that he was currently not in employment arising from the accident.

He further mitigated that he was first offender who had readily admitted the charge and therefore did not waste the court’s time.

In addition to the sentence, 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). Chanda was asked to pay the fine within two months.


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