Soldier jailed for culpable homicide

HARARE - A soldier attached to Alphida Barracks will spend at least eight months behind bars after he negligently drove in an oncoming vehicles’ lane and caused a fatal accident that claimed one.

Nkosentsha Giyani Moyo, 25, of Mukomera Business Centre, Chief Chinamhora, Domboshava was convicted of culpable homicide on his own plea.

The soldier was slapped with a year’s jail sentence but four months were suspended on condition of good behaviour. However, prosecutor Devoted Nyagano urged the court to impose a stiff penalty that would deter like-minded individuals.

“The court ought to send a clear message that recklessness is not tolerated on our roads as many lives are lost. The accused person was not even a licensed driver and used a military approach on the road,” Nyagano said.

“The court should not take his plea of guilt as a sign of remorse; rather the accused person knew that he could not escape a conviction as there was overwhelming evidence against him.

Nyagano proved that on May 5 this year, Moyo was driving a Toyota Corolla along the Makumbe Road heading towards Harare.

Moyo had four passengers on board and as he approached the 30km peg along the Harare-Makumbe Road, Moyo encroached into the oncoming vehicles’ lane resulting in a head-on collision.

The now deceased Albert Mangava was a passenger in an Opel Corsa that was hit by Moyo’s car.

Mangava sustained serious head injuries and was rushed to Makumbe Hospital where he was referred to Parirenyatwa Hospital. He died the following day.

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