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Unlicensed driver fined $700 after causing death of a minor

by Simbarashe Sithole
09 Sep 2017 at 08:45hrs | Views
A 39-year-old unlicensed driver was fined $700 for killing a minor in a road accident along Kadzimwemje-Guruve highway.

Appearing before Guruve resident magistrate Mr Shingirai Mutiro on Friday, Knowledge Mushoshoma pleaded guilty to driving without a valid driving licence and killing a nine months old child in an accident.

Mushoshoma was fined $100 for driving without a valid driver's licence and also $600 for culpable homicide.

Representing the state Mr Albert Mazhindu told the court that on 2 June 2017, Mushoshoma was driving a Toyota Noah registration number ADT-9010 and failed to control the vehicle leading to an accident that claimed a passenger's life.

On mitigation Mushoshoma begged for a fine citing that he was a government employee hence a custodial sentence would be too harsh as it leads to him losing his job.

"Your worship I am a government worker may you have mercy on me and allow me to pay fine since a custodial sentence automatically leads to my sacking and my family will suffer.

"I was ordered to pay two beasts by the bereaved family for compensation, one of which I have paid," said Mushoshoma.

The magistrate said, "the court has put into account that you are a government worker hence a custodial sentence would be too harsh.

"You drove your car negligently hence the courts should be seen passing deterrent sentences to give a strong warning to potential offenders."

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