Girls High Pupil Murderer Slammed With 6 Year Jail Term

Girls High Pupil Murderer Slammed With 6 Year Jail Term
Published: 2016 June 09 00:29:46 (2342 Views)
Police chief national spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba parades Wadzanai Mabika, the fugitive kombi driver who struck and killed a Girls High School pupil last month before fleeing to South Africa. — (Picture by Beauty Muchakazi)

A Harare magistrate has blasted kombi drivers for causing untold suffering in the country, saying their behaviour of driving recklessly was costing human lives.

Elijah Makomo said this while sentencing the commuter omnibus driver who recently ran over and killed a Form Four Harare Girls High School pupil and seriously injured another pedestrian.

Wadzanai Mabika (41) was yesterday jailed for an effective six years and eight months.

Makomo said kombi drivers were turning the country’s roads into a traffic jungle.

Makomo said Mabika’s actions also exposed passengers who were in his vehicle to danger.

He said if something gets trapped underneath a vehicle, the driver would obviously feel it and blasted Mabika for lying that he did not know that the now deceased was trapped underneath his vehicle. Mabika was speeding against one way when he ran over 17-year-old Jocelyn Gomba and Odwell Mabanga before he fled to South Africa.

For culpable homicide, magistrate Makomo slapped him with five years behind bars before setting aside one year on condition of good behaviour.

He further sentenced him to two years for reckless driving. For purposes of sentencing, the other four counts — failure to stop after an accident, failure to report an accident within 24 hours, failure to ascertain if any person is injured or killed after an accident and failure to render assistance after an accident were treated as one and he was jailed for eight months.

In addition, Mabika’s licence was cancelled. He was prohibited from driving public transport for life and small cars for two years.

Mabika’s wife wept uncontrollably and collapsed in court after the sentence was delivered.

After his conviction, Mabika engaged the services of Harare lawyer Nathaniel Chigoro, who pleaded for the court’s leniency on his behalf during mitigation.

Mabika pleaded for forgiveness from the bereaved family adding that his family was willing to reimburse the expenses they incurred.

Mr Chigoro said Mabika fled the scene fearing mob justice not because he was not remorseful.

Mabika told the court that he was a father of three who looked up to him as the breadwinner.



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