Court fines Pastor for dangerous driving



Court fines Pastor for dangerous driving


Mansa, July 10, ZANIS ———- The High Court sitting in Mansa has fined a Seventh Day Adventist Church Pastor K2000 for causing death by dangerous driving contrary to section 161 of the Road Transport Act number 11 of 2002.


Facts before the courts where that on 22nd  September 2012 Lazarous Kalembe aged 49 of house number 327 Samfya Farmers training institute in Samfya District while driving a Toyota Sprinter Registration Number ALE 3687  along Samfya Lubwe road from his pastoral work did cause the death of Evelyn Chaabu a minor.


This was in a matter that came up for plea before High Court Judge Justice Timothy Katanekwa this morning in which the accused pleaded guilty to the charge.


In mitigation Kalembe through Legal Aid Counsel Paul Chavula pleaded for lenience saying he was a first offender, pleaded guilty without wasting the courts time and that he was remorseful. 


In passing judgment Justice Katanekwa said considering that the accused was the first offender, remorseful, did not waste the courts time, and that the car was insured he deserves maximum lenience but hoped that the accused will be a more careful driver in future.


Justice Katanekwa then ordered Kalembe to pay K2000 before or on 30th August 2013 or in default to serve a for six months simple imprisonment effective the date of failure to pay fine.