Kasungu Second Grade Magistrate Court sitting at Kasungu on August 29, 2016 convicted and sentenced McDonald Kachisa, 34, to pay K200,000.00 fine or in default serve a12 months jail term for negligently driving his vehicle that hit and killed Mr Gelivazio Phiri.
The court heard that, on 27 July, 2016, Kachisa negligently drove his Toyota Starlet Saloon registration number KU 4077 and in the course hit the deceased who was trying to cross the road from right to left. Due to the impact, Phiri sustained head injuries and he was referred to Kasungu District Hospital and later to Kamuzu Central Hospital where he died after 4 days in the course of receiving treatment.
In court, the state through Prosecutor Inspector Jennings Mkandawire of Kasungu Police Station bemoaned Kachisa’s negligent behavior on the road and reminded the court that the same had costed an innocent life.
Mkandawire then appealed for a stiff sentence on Kachisa to send a warning to other drivers who negligently drive their vehicles and think the road is a playing ground. Before giving sentence, Kasungu Second Grade Magistrate, His Worship Thomson Midiasi said, such negligent driving on the road is not required and that people with negligent behaviour like Kachisa ought to be punished.
He then sentenced Kachisa to pay the mentioned fine. If paid, the fine would go to the deceased family as a compensation.
Meanwhile, Kachisa has paid the fine.
McDonald Kachisa comes from Chaponda village under Traditional Authority Kaomba in Kasungu district.