Senior residence magistrate court siting in Lilongwe has on 14th June 2021 convicted and sentenced Patrick Mateyu to pay fine in to 5 traffic offences which he committed.

The court heard through police prosecutor sergeant Abigail Chirwa that on 9th June 2021, at around 10:40 hours, the accused person was riding a motorcycle between capital Hill maintain gate and capital hotel along Chilembwe road.

The prosecutor said that the cyclist had no licence, without being insured and carrying two pillion passengers.

Patrick Mateyu pleaded guilty to all counts.

In mitigation, Mateyu pleaded with court for leniency citing that he committed the crime trying to survive the hardship of this life.

Passing judgement, senior residence magistrate Wanangwa Nyirenda said that accidents caused by inexperienced motorcyclists are a rampant in the city hence slapped the accused to pay fine to deter the would be offenders.

First count of use of unregistered motorcycle which is contrally to section 11(2) of road traffic act, Mateyu was sentenced to pay a fine of K50,000 in default 12 months imprisonment.

2nd count of riding a motorcycle on public road without being covered with insurance policy contrally to section 141(2) of road traffic act, the accused person was sentenced to K50,000 fine in default 12 months imprisonment.

On 3rd count of riding a motorcycle on public roads without license contrally to section 18 as read with 167(2) of the road traffic act, Mateyu was sentenced to K50,000 fine in default 12 months imprisonment.

On fourth count of carrying more than one pillion passenger on motorcycle contrally to section 109 of road traffic act, Mateyu was sentenced to K20,000 fine in default 12 months imprisonment.

The last count which is the fifth of carrying two pillion passengers without putting crash helmets contrally to section 109(2) of road traffic act, the accused person was sentenced to K20,000 fine.

Sentence to run concurrently and the convict has managed to pay a fine all in total K190,000.

Patrick Mateyu 29 years, hails from Musa village in traditional authority Mbawera in Thyolo.

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