A man of Lundazi district slapped with 25 years sentence for manslaughter.

The Chipata High Court has sentenced a man of Lundazi district to twenty-five years imprisonment with hard labour for manslaughter.

Appearing before High Court Judge Florence Lengalenga was Raphael Botha who was facing one count of murder contrary to the laws of Zambia but the case was reduced to manslaughter by the courts.

Particulars of the offence are that Botha on August, 1, 2015 caused the death of Christopher Mumba by pushing him which led him to fall to the ground after a dispute.

According to the post-mortem Mumba suffered head injuries which subsequently resulted to his death.

In passing ruling Justice Lengalenga said the state failed to prove the case of murder beyond reasonable doubt but that evidence for manslaughter was established.

In mitigation Botha through senior legal aid counsel John Phiri asked for lenience from the courts as he was a first offender and regretted causing the death of Mumba.

When delivering judgement Justice Lengalenga said she had taken note of the mitigation but sentenced Botha to twenty- five years imprisonment with hard labour effective the day of arrest.

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