Grace's son causes vagrant's death

HARARE - First Lady Grace Mugabe’s son Russell Goreraza has escaped a jail term after he was fined $800 for fatally hitting a vagrant with his car along Harare’s Samora Machel Avenue.

He was charged with culpable homicide, following claims that he negligently drove his car and knocked down the unidentified man to death.

Goreraza is Grace’s son from her first marriage to Stanley Goreraza, an Air Force of Zimbabwe pilot who is believed to be a military attaché in China.

Harare magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe yesterday convicted Russell on his own guilty plea, before slapping him with the fine. Russell will spend two months in prison if he fails to pay the fine.

In passing sentence, Chikwekwe said that the 31-year-old had shown contrition by pleading guilty to the charge. He said the fact that he was a first offender, also worked in his favour.

“However, I have not lost sight that a human life was lost,” Chikwekwe said.

He went on to state that Russell’s actions could not qualify to be classified as negligent, adding that if that was the position, he would not have hesitated to cancel his driver’s licence.

The incident leading to the first lady’s son’s arrest took place during the night of February 23, this year, when Russell was driving his BMW.

The court heard that the now deceased, who could not be identified, was crossing the road before Russell knocked him down.

According to State papers, the man died on the spot, while Russell’s car sustained a shattered windscreen and a dented bonnet.

In mitigation, Russell told the court that he was a divorcee and that he had fathered a child with his former wife. He told the court that he owns a mine and realised between two and three thousand dollars a month.

“I regret what happened,” he said.

He added, “We tried to engage the deceased’s family to offer assistance but no one could identify him or his relatives.”

Prosecutor Vernancia Mutake had urged the court to order Russell to perform community service.

“This is a very serious offence in which an innocent life was lost due to accused’s negligence. He should have exercised extreme caution.

“The court should however, exercise its discretion by passing a deterrent sentence,” she said.

Comments (4)

Chisi hachieri musi wacharimwa.

wasu - 8 June 2015

A murderous dictator's stepson on the one hand and a vagrant on the other; $800 for a dead human being. Go figure.

Tom Berrenger - 10 June 2015

He extorted that mine in Kadoma using his mother's influence. These Mugabes are scum, utter scum. $800 for a life? What a joke.

mukwerekwere - 10 June 2015

This was an accident which can happen to anyone. I think there is no need to castigate Russell just because he is connected to the first family. Accidents can happen to anyone anytime and there is no need to include other information or material not connected to the accident.

mwanawevhu - 10 June 2015

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