By NORMA SIAME –
A YOUTH in Mafinga District who beat up his grandfather to death while under the influence of alcohol has been sentenced to four years in prison with hard labour.
Penjani Muwowo, 21, pleaded guilty after his earlier indictment of murder was reduced to manslaughter by the State.
Particulars of the case were that Penjani on August 18, 2012, caused the death of his grandfather, Chambakale Muwowo, after the two had a fight.
When Kasama High Court Judge Petronella Ngulube read the facts to him, Penjani admitted beating up his grandfather who was found dead the following morning.
“Being satisfied that the accused’s plea was unequivocal and upon his admission of the facts, I convict him of the offence of manslaughter as charged,” Ms Justice Ngulube said.
In mitigation, defence lawyer Japhet Zulu from the Legal Aid Board submitted that Penjani was youthful and had not wasted the court’s time by readily pleading guilty to the charge.
“As a first offender he deserves the leniency of the court. The offence was committed in a drunken stupor after the deceased provoked the convict,” Mr Zulu said.
He also said Penjani would live with the stigma of having caused his grandfather’s death.
Ms Justice Ngulube responded that she had taken into consideration the submissions made by Mr Zulu.
“However, you caused the death of your grandfather which in itself is a disgrace. As a first offender, I will treat you with leniency by sentencing you to four years imprisonment with hard labour,” she said.