Mugwadi fined for culpable homicide

Tererai Mugwadi

Tererai Mugwadi

Lovemore Meya Court Correspondent
Musician Tererai Mugwadi, who was convicted of culpable homicide after she was involved in an accident that killed one person was yesterday fined $250 by a Chitungwiza court.

Mugwadi (32) of Stapleford, Mount Hampden in Harare, denied the charges when she appeared before Chitungwiza magistrate Mr Oliver Mudzongachiso.

Mr Mudzongachiso, however, found her guilty after a full trial and fined her $250.

She will spend two months in prison if she fails to pay.

In passing sentence, Mr Mudzongachiso said Mugwadi’s driving was not so dangerous as to warrant the cancellation of her driver’s licence.

Prosecuting, Mr Edmond Ndambakuwa told the court that a deterrent sentence was appropriate, especially in cases that involved loss of human life.

“She was involved in a head-on collision, causing the death of one person and injuring three other passengers from another vehicle.

“Precious life is being lost due to such negligence and it is my plea that a deterrent sentence be passed and her licence be cancelled or barred from driving for a period not exceeding a year,” he said.

However, Mugwadi’s lawyer successfully argued in mitigation that a custodial sentence wasn’t appropriate since she was not only asthmatic, but had two young children who look up to her.

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  • New Start

    Judge na prosecutor vakadyiswa chete.Tererai will be back on the road as if nothing ever happened.

  • hillary mbanje

    Thats a ridiculous sentence – 250after driving intoxicated and causing death- what other damning evidence do you need

    • Mela

      which part said she was drunk? didnt see it

      • New Start

        Clearly u haven’t been following this story

        • hillary mbanje

          Indeed they have not been following it closely

        • sky

          It wasn’t proven kuti she was drunk so hazvitaurike mu court. Remember ZRP hasn’t had breathalyzer tests since 2010.

          • New Start

            Is that right,but u make a good point Sky u know your laws.

        • Masaisai

          True, Mela has no details of the events.

  • MADE IN ZIMBABWE

    Life costs $250

  • MADE IN ZIMBABWE

    You can swipe $250 and buy life

  • Chokwadi

    This is the problem with Africa, no one is held accountable for anything, it’s sad, people get away with crime,corruption and murder. White people have to open courts for us to punish dictators for killing thousands of our people : we have a poor understanding of justice.I read a lot of news articles from around the world, I am sure if she had commited the same crime else where, she would be jailed without fail, for no less than a decade.

  • Samanyika

    This is a very sad ruling by this poor magistrate. It’s quite sad indeed.
    Only the exchange of money can lead to such kind of a judgment.
    It’s pathetic. It’s appalling. Its nauseating.

  • Progressive Zimbabwean

    This is surprising. I am amazed at this. I have been following this case and certainly feel that there has not been justice here. Look I have not been privy to the actual evidence submitted but I am convinced that something is not adding up here. Was she moving against the flow of traffic? Was she drunk? Did a person actually die?

  • Ras Matopos

    VID ndiyo ine nyaya yese. Those who are outraged should vent their anger ku VID. Even an illiterate asingatogoni kana kunyora zita rake anowana licence, you wonder kuti Highway Code akaiverenga sei akapasa.