Reckless motorlist fined K100 thousand in Mangochi

Blantyre: Mangochi Second Grade Magistrate Court has ordered a 57- year- old man to pay a fine of K100 thousand for reckless cycling.

Speaking to Malawi News Agency on Thursday, Deputy Public Relations Officer for Mangochi Police, Sergeant Amina Daudi said the cyclist was riding an uninsured and unregistered motorcycle from the direction of Mangochi Boma heading to Liwonde.

As he was approaching Ok Lodge, he hit a 5 year old pedestrian boy who was crossing the road. The boy sustained multiple deep cuts on the head and bruises on the right arm due to the impact and was admitted to Mangochi District Hospital for treatment, said Daudi.

Appearing in court, the accused person pleaded guilty to all charges laid against him.

In his submission before sentence, Mangochi Police Prosecutor Sergeant Jack Thaulo, pleaded with the court to impose a stiffer penalty for the accused for cycling in a wanton manner that disregarded other road users and caused accident.

Passing judgment, His Worship, Second Grade Magistrate Augustine Mizaya concurred with the state and ordered Laston Mitengo to pay a fine of K100 thousand or in default spend 24 months imprisonment with hard labour.

Mitengo hails from Chitala Village in the area of Traditional Authority Msamala in Balaka. He has since paid the fine.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA