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Croco Motors boss Moses Chingwena fined for killing pedestrian

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  • According to court papers, on Saturday 11 June 2020, at around 10pm, Chingwena was driving a motor vehicle namely Jaguar XJL due west along Poland road Gletwin suburb, Harare with no passengers on board. As he approached a place near house number 1013 along the said road, he knocked down Mukatira who was crossing the road.

CROCO Motors boss Moses Tonderai Chingwena was yesterday convicted on his own plea for killing a pedestrian in Harare while driving at night on July 11 last year.

Chingwena appeared before magistrate Barbara Mateko charged with culpable homicide and negligent driving.

The Croco Motors boss pleaded guilty to the charges. He was sentenced to four months imprisonment with an option of a $60 000 fine.

According to court papers, on Saturday 11 June 2020, at around 10pm, Chingwena was driving a motor vehicle namely Jaguar XJL due west along Poland road Gletwin suburb, Harare with no passengers on board.

As he approached a place near house number 1013 along the said road, he knocked down Mukatira who was crossing the road. Chingwena lost control of the vehicle, veered off the road and hit a precast wall of house number 1013 Poland Gletwin.

Chingwena suffered some chest pains and was taken to a private hospital by his relatives. Mukatira died on the spot after sustaining head injuries and multiple fractures on the left leg and left hand.

In sentencing him, the magistrate said Chingwena showed remorse to the family of the deceased after he footed the funeral bill.

Chingwena also paid 10 cows to the family of the deceased as compensation and an additional US$4 000.

“The accident occurred at night and this meant there was poor visual sight. The deceased was also supposed to check if the road was clear. Despite all this, the accused person helped the deceased and this also mitigates moral blameworthiness of the accused person,” Mateko said.

“The court noted that the accused person is 60 years old and was a first offender and that he did not waste the court’s time.”

The court heard that on July 11 last year, Chingwena was driving along Poland Road in Gletwin at around 10pm when he hit a pedestrian, Shepherd Mukatira, who died on the spot.

Caroline Mutimusakwa appeared for the State. ■

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