CoM lecturer fined for causing death by reckless driving

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By Florence Mwale 

A College of Medicine lecturer has been fined MK550, 000 for causing death by reckless driving.

The Police have identified the lecturer as Charles Benard Mangani.

 

According to a statement signed by Blantyre Police publicist, Augustus Nkhwazi, the incident occurred on the 4th of January this year.

The deceased, 29-year-old Tiyanjane Muwamba was hit by Mangani’s saloon car while walking along the road from Machinjiri roundabout towards Luwanda Township.

Muwamba sustained severe head injuries and a fractured right leg but the driver of the vehicle did not stop to assist her. She  died upon arrival at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where an autopsy revealed that she had died of head injuries.

 

The police publicist explains that, Mangani, then reported to Blantyre police that he had hit a stray dog.

When traffic police officers visited the alleged scene, there was however no evidence in relation to the incident.

 

This prompted the officers to go and check on the vehicle at the driver’s home. He  was arrested after they found traces of human hair on the shattered windscreen of his vehicle.

He was charged with causing death by reckless or negligent driving and failing to stop after an accident.

 

Appearing before the Chief Resident Magistrate court in Blantyre, Mangani pleaded guilty to both charges.

Senior Resident Magistrate Chapita Banda slapped Mangani with K400, 000 fine or in default serve six months imprisonment with hard labour for the first count.

The convict was further ordered to pay another fine of K150, 000 or in default serve a four-month imprisonment with hard labour on the second count.

The accused has since paid the said fines.

 

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