By Amina Tepani Daudi(Mangochi Police PRO)

The Mangochi Second Grade Magistrate’s Court on July 17, 2023 convicted and ordered Asibu Amidu, 23, to pay a fine of K470,000 for reckless, driving uninsured motor vehicle and driving a motor vehicle on a public road without licence.

The court heard through prosecutor lnspector Shadreck Wisiki that, Amidu in the afternoon of April 27, 2023 was driving uninsured Toyota Sienta registration CK8845 from the direction of Liwonde heading towards Mangochi Boma.

Upon arrival at Mtanga area Amidu lost control of the motor vehicle due to overspeeding and swerved to the extreme far side of the road where he hit two pedestrians. Both sustained head injuries and multiple fractured on both legs.

They were admitted at Mangochi District Hospital where they received treatment for weeks before being discharged.

Appearing in court Amidu pleaded guilty to all charges levelled against him.

In mitigation he asked for court’s leniency cited that he is a breadwinner to his family.

In his submission, prosecutor Wisiki reminded the court that Amidu’s wanton driving could have costed innocent people’s lives hence pleaded for a stiffer punishment.

Passing sentence Second Grade Magistrate Baxter Chikalimba concurred with the state.

He therefore ordered him to pay K420,000 for reckless driving and in default 2-years and 3 months IHL, K50,000 for driving a motor vehicle on a public road without driving licence in default 6 months IHL and 1-year but suspended to 2-years for driving uninsured motor vehicle. He has since paid the fines.

Chikalimba further said that, a sum of K350,000 to be paid to the victims as compensation.

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