A 31-YEAR-OLD teacher has been fined K3,500 by the Mongu High Court for causing the death of a pedestrian by dangerous driving.
Before Justice Eddie Sikazwe was Christone Mabuku of Monze in Southern Province who pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.
In his judgment Mr Justice Sikazwe said he had shown leniency as the accused did not waste the court’s time by readily admitting the charge.
The judge, however, suspended Mabuku’s driver’s license for a year.
“After hearing your mitigation, I have decided to fine you K3,500 which should be paid within 30 days. Should you fail to pay, you will serve six months simple imprisonment, “he said.
In mitigation read by Legal Aid Board counsel Imbula Yambwa, Mabuku pleaded with the court for leniency, saying he was a family man with a child.
Mabuku also said that he was remorseful for his actions as seen from the contributions he made to the funeral of the deceased.
“My lord the accused is only 31 years old and a teacher who can contribute to the growth of the nation. We are at your mercy for leniency as he has not wasted the court’s time by admitting the charge, “Mr Yambwa said.
Particulars of the offence are that on September 13, 2014, around 18:00 hours along the Nagweshi road in Senanga district, Mabuku who was driving a Toyota Corolla registration number ABC 719, did cause the death of a pedestrian Zonia Marlene, 35. This happened when he tried to overtake another vehicle.
The matter was committed to the high court by the subordinate court in Senanga.