Motorist fined $600 for culpable homicide


LUPANE — A motorist who caused the death of two people when the car he was driving collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle, was last week fined $600 and further sentenced to a suspended six-month jail term.


Fundisani Petros Ncube (32) of Nkulumane, Bulawayo, pleaded guilty to culpable homicide when he appeared before Lupane magistrate Aelene Munamati.
The magistrate convicted and fined him $600 or to serve a six-month jail-term.
He was also given a six-month suspended sentence for five years on condition of good behaviour.

His driver’s licence was also endorsed.

Prosecutor Lungisani Dube told the court that on June 17 last year, Ncube was driving along Tsholotsho–Bulawayo Road, where the now-deceased, Edson Mhene, was approaching from the opposite direction near the 44km peg.

The two did not give way to each other leading to their vehicles colliding.
Mhene of Matshobana, Bulawayo, died on the spot while a passenger in his car, Thandeka Makhwelo, died at Nyamandlovu Hospital.

A post mortem conducted on their bodies showed that they had died due to multiple head injuries.

Ncube sustained minor injuries.

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