Court fines unlicensed driver for causing death

By Staff Reporter

The Chipata High Court has ordered and disqualified a driver of Lundazi district, from obtaining a driver’s license for a period of two years for causing the death of four people.

Lusaka based Judge Mwape Bowa further fined Isaac Phiri K4, 000 or in default save six months simple imprisonment.

Phiri, on November 13, 2016 in Lundazi, while driving a motor vehicle without a license, caused the death of four passengers he carried in his vehicle.

He lost control of his vehicle and hit a cyclist whom he was trying to avoid on the Chipata-Lundazi road.

The four passengers he carried died on the spot.

In mitigation, Legal Aid counsel Sally Bwalya who represented Phiri asked the court to exercise leniency, as he was a first offender who readily admitted the offence.

She submitted that Phiri was remorseful and regreted having caused the deaths of the deceased, and that he was still haunted by his actions, as one of the deceased was his aunt.

She added that Phiri who is also a mechanic by profession, but not currently employed, did not contribute to funeral expenses of the deceased as the church took care of the expenses.

Passing judgment, judge Bowa ordered Phiri to pay K1, 000 in each count, or in default save sixth months simple imprisonment.