Nyimba man gets 10 years for manslaughter

A NYIMBA resident has been sentenced to ten years imprisonment with hard labour for causing the death of his grandmother.
Appearing before Lusaka judge Mwamba Chanda, who is conducting High Court sessions in Chipata, was Lukungwe Sakala who readily pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter.
Sakala was jointly charged with Edwin Sakala, who was discharged through a nolle prosequi.
It was alleged that Sakala caused the death of his grandmother, Unika Zulu, on June 11, 2016 at Duncan village in Nyimba.
Particulars of the offence were that on June 9, 2016 around 20:00 hours, the convict was drinking alcohol at his home.
In his drunken state, he went to his grandmother’s house to discuss family issues but differed with her in the process and repeatedly hit her with a stick on the head.
Zulu died on June 11, 2016 at Nyimba district hospital.
A postmortem report revealed that Zulu died of internal head injuries.
In mitigation, senior Legal Aid counsel John Phiri said the convict was a first offender  who readily pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of manslaughter.
Phiri said the convict was sorry and remorseful that he caused the death of his own grandmother, which action would haunt him for the rest of his life and asked the court to exercise maximum leniency when meting out an appropriate sentence.
But judge Chanda said she took into consideration what was said in mitigation but observed that such cases were very prevalent and that the court needed to send a stern warning to would be offenders.
“I urge you to take time to reflect on your action while in prison in order to come out as a better person who can contribute positively to society,” judge Chanda said.
In the same court, a police officer from Kapata Police Post testified in a matter where Mungwangwa Nyirenda of Chipata’s Mthilansembe area is charged with aggravated robbery.
Nyirenda is alleged to have attacked Simon Banda of Nabvutika Compound and robbed him of two mobile phones, a bicycle and K75, property all valued at  K1, 266.
Detective inspector Victor Salale narrated how he investigated the matter before he charged the accused with the subject offence.

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