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Livingstone man gets 3 months for assault

CHALI MULENGA – Livingstone
A 35-YEAR-OLD general worker of Highlands in Livingstone has been sentenced to three months imprisonment with hard labour by the Livingstone Magistrate’s Court for assault.
This is in a case in which Webster Muyuni was charged with assaulting Derrick Lumino and occasioning him actual bodily harm.
Muyuni, on July 8 this year in Livingstone, assaulted Mr Lumino.
Passing the sentence, resident magistrate Chinkashi Chilingala said it is sad that Muyuni thought that he could not be prosecuted just because he knew someone at court.
“You committed this offence just because you knew someone who works at court, you ought to learn that when police want to arrest you, you must just comply, otherwise it is also an offence if you resist arrest,” Mr Chilingala said.
He said the court makes its own decision and it does not consult anyone.
“I have no choice but to give you a custodial sentence so that you can reflect on your actions. I want you to learn your lesson, I will send you to prison for three months,” Mr Chilingala said.
He said it is not right for Muyuni to show how muscular he is to police officers and other citizens.
“You were yelling insults at police officers and others just because you knew someone at court and saying the case will not go anywhere.
“Just because you know some people at court, that is the main reason you go around assaulting people. I want to show you that it is not a guarantee that your case will not go anywhere,” Mr Chilingala said.
In mitigation, Muyuni said his wife is expecting and he is the breadwinner of the family.


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