A 24-YEAR-OLD police officer based in Filabusi was yesterday lucky to escape jail after he was fined $150 for driving without a valid licence.
By Stephen Chadenga
Taurai Nyathi, a holder of a learner’s licence, drove his Mitsubishi Pajero without a supervisor whilst carrying passengers on board.
Nyathi rammed into another car along the Gweru-Kwekwe road and his car overturned before landing on its side.
He also did not place a learner’s plate on his vehicle.
Gweru provincial magistrate, Pathekile Msipa convicted Nyathi on three counts of contravening sections of the Road Traffic Act and for driving without a licence.
On the first count of driving without a supervisor, Msipa fined Nyathi $50 or five days in prison while on the second count of failing to put learner’s plate he was again ordered to pay $50 or spend five days behind bars.
For driving without a valid licence, Nyathi was fined $150 or 30 days in prison.
The State’s case was that on March 21 this year at around 9:30pm, Nyathi was driving his Pajero with three passengers on board along the Gweru-Kwekwe road.
Nyathi hit a BMW from behind after the car (BMW) had slowed down upon approaching an accident scene.
His vehicle overturned and landed on the side with three passengers on board getting injured.
The hit BMW was badly damaged and three passengers who were in the car also sustained injuries.