The High siting in Mansa has sentenced to ten year a 20 year old man for manslaughter in the death of a 14 year old boy.

Before High Court Judge Yvonne Chembe was Hagai Mumba, of Mansa district who was initially charged with one count of murder before it was reduced to manslaughter.

Facts before the high court where that on 8 February 2019 at around 06:00 hours in the morning, Mumba together with the deceased were on the way to burn charcoal in the bush when the deceased insulted him for failing to jump a log that was in the path way.

Mumba reacted by beating up the deceased with a stick until the he run away to his home where in the evening his father noticed he was unwell.

The deceased narrated to his father about the body pains he was experiencing and was taken to Matanda rural health post where he was found with dry blood in his nostrils and medication was administered to him.

On 19 February 2019 at around 22:00 hours the boys condition deteriorated and was rushed to Matanda rural health post where he was pronounced dead upon arrival and since the hospital did not have a mortuary the body was given to the family for burial.

On 10 May 2019 the body was exhumed for post-mortem and was found with a fractured neck and head injuries.

In mitigation through Legal Aid Counsel Manda Kapisha, Mumba said he was remorseful for causing the death of his own friend even though he was provoked.

He added that he is sorry and if given a chance he has learnt to manage his anger in society

In passing judgement, Judge Chembe said she had considered the fact that Mumba is the first offender who is entitled to leniency and also noting that the convict reacted to the insults of the deceased by using a stick to beat him up.

She noted that there was no doubt the deceased died from injuries due to excessive force that was used by the accused.

However, Judge Chembe said the offence committed by Mumba is very serious and sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment from the time of arrest.

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