Un­li­censed driver fined

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Mambo Sun­day News Re­porter

A 19-YEAR-OLD un­li­censed driver from Bu­l­awayo has been fined $500 after he was found guilty of cul­pa­ble homi­cide after he knocked down an 84-yearold pedes­trian who died from in­juries sus­tained dur­ing the ac­ci­dent.

Mike Ma­sot­sha who was driv­ing his fa­ther’s car hit the de­ceased Robert Mud­zonga (84) in Brad­field in Fe­bru­ary.

Mud­zonga was fer­ried to United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals (UBH) for treat­ment, but passed on the fol­low­ing day.

A med­i­cal report pro­duced in court showed that the de­ceased suf­fered head in­juries, a frac­tured right leg and left hand. Ma­sot­sha ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mr Franklin Mkhwananzi fac­ing a charge of cul­pa­ble homi­cide and driv­ing with­out a valid driver’s li­cence. He pleaded not guilty to the two counts.

In sen­tenc­ing Ma­sot­sha, the mag­is­trate said: “The de­ceased crossed the road when it was not safe and his life was lost due to your neg­li­gence.”

Mr Mkhwananzi tried the two counts separately. Ma­sot­sha was fined $300 or 30 days in prison for cul­pa­ble homi­cide.

For the sec­ond count of driv­ing with­out a driver’s li­cence, he was sen­tenced to three months which were sus­pended for three years on con­di­tion that he does not re­peat a sim­i­lar of­fence and he was or­dered to pay a fine of $200 or two months.

In his de­fence Ma­sot­sha said he was not speed­ing and tried to avoid hit­ting Mud­zonga.

The court heard that Ma­sot­sha was driv­ing the car with three pas­sen­gers on board when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

Upon reach­ing Brad­field shops along Hill­side road, Ma­sot­sha hit Mud­zonga who was cross­ing the road due east.

Mud­zonga sus­tained head in­juries and was taken to UBH by an am­bu­lance for treat­ment. The car was towed to the Ve­hi­cle In­spec­torate De­part­ment (VID) for in­spec­tion. Mrs Gla­dys Zhou pros­e­cuted.

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