THE Chipata High Court has jailed a taxi driver 20 years for acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm. Lusaka High Court judge Sharon Newa, who was sitting in Chipata, sentenced Augustine Zulu, 26 and acquitted his co-accused Lottie Phiri after finding him with no case to answer.
It was alleged that the duo on July 27, 2016, at Chipata, jointly and whilst acting together with intent to maim, disfigure or disable, unlawfully wounded and caused grievous bodily harm to Benjamin Chakupalesa.
The state called 10 witnesses while the accused called two each in their defence. But in her judgment, judge Newa said there was insufficient evidence connecting Phiri, 33, a businessman of Chipata Motel, to the offence and acquitted him.
On Zulu, judge Newa said the crime was committed under traumatic circumstances.
“You ambushed and attacked a family, which was enjoying a meal. Such acts call for appropriate sentences so that society is protected and people should not be living in fear,” judge Newa said.
The 20 years is with effect from the day of arrest.
The convict was represented by the Legal Aid board while Phiri was represented by Hibajene Mulunda of LM Chambers and Phanuel Namangala of PNP Advocates.
The High Court sessions in Chipata have since ended.