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LILONGWE-(MaraviPost) -The Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court in Lilongwe on Wednesday, convicted and sentenced 30-year old Julius Pofera, with a K480, 000 fine or in default to serve 21 months in jail for driving an unfit vehicle and without a driver’s licence.

According to the police prosecutor Bartholomew Adzaonenji, the Court heard that the Julius Pofera on July 3, this year, at Area 36 depot, was driving a minibus.


When Pofera was stopped by a traffic official responsible for Lilongwe Urban, George Botso, found that the minibus had exceeded its capacity as it had 20 passengers.


Pofera, however, was subsequently also charged with three counts; driving a motor vehicle without a driver’s licence, driving a vehicle without road insurance, and driving a vehicle without a certificate of fitness.


“When asked to produce his driver’s license, the accused failed to do so, prompting the officer to thoroughly check the vehicle for road service permit, insurance and certificate of fitness, none of which were found in the vehicle,” explained Adzaonenji.


In his submission, Adzaonenji asked the Court to Pofera a stiffer sentence he showed total disregard for road rules and regulations; the prosecutor said the accused is a danger to the people he was carrying.


In mitigation, Pofera, pleaded for leniency as he was a first offender, and had family obligations.


“Passing sentence, Senior Resident Magistrate Shyleen Yona however, concurred with the State, arguing that the accused deserved a harsh penalty as a measure to curb increasing road accidents and deter other would-be offenders.


Yona went on to slap Pofera with a MK480, 000 fine or a 21-month jail term in default,” said Adzaonenji.


Pofera hails from Zuze Village, Traditional Authority (T.A.) Tambala in Dedza district.

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