Kasungu First Grade Magistrate Court sitting at Kasungu has shot a warning to drivers who deliberately endangers the safety of persons travelling by the road.
This warning shot follows the conviction of Robert Chathina,33 who was found guilty of Endangering the Safety of Persons Travelling by Road which is contrary to Section 237(e) of the Penal Code.
Presenting the case before court, Prosecutor Sergeant Francis Malenga of Kasungu Police Station told the court that on 6 October, 2016 Chathina was driving a motor vehicle registration number BP 4458, Noah from the direction of Kasungu heading Mtunthama.
Upon reaching Estate 87, Chathina was stopped by a Traffic Police officer who upon checking his vehicle discovered that, insteady of carrying 8 passengers Chathina had carried 17 passengers in a manner endangering their lives.
He was arrested and on October 10, 2016, he appeared before court to answer the above mentioned offence. Chathina pleaded guilty and requested the court to be lenient on him as this was the first time for him to answer such a case in a court of law. Chathina also promised not to commit the offence again and said he has learnt a lesson. Before sentence, Sergeant Malenga reminded the court that carrying passengers in the way Chathina did was a clear evidence that he had no care for the passengers lives as this directly put the passengers lives at stake. Malenga however quashed Chathina’s plea for lenience and said exercising lenience on such behaviour would not send a warning tone to other drivers who carry passengers in such a dangerous manner.
Malenga then requested the court to slap Chathina with a stiff sentence to teach other drivers a lesson on the same. Before sentence, Kasungu First Grade Magistrate, His Worship Damiano Banda observed there is laxity in most drivers when they are carrying passengers which ought to be stopped. Banda then sentenced Chathina to pay K120,000.00 fine or in default serve a 12 months jail term.
Robert Chathina hails from Kauluka village,Traditional Authority Kapelula in Kasungu district.