MASERU — A 28-year-old man was on Wednesday sentenced to one year in prison with an alternative to pay a fine of M1 000 for reckless driving.
The sentence was however suspended on condition that Khoase Macheli, who is from Ha-Teko Matukeng in Maseru, repairs the complainant’s badly damaged vehicle by 30 June this year.
The cost of repairing the Toyota Corolla has been set at M25 977.18.
The court heard that Macheli, who was driving a taxi along Kingsway Street rammed into the back of Mpho Doti’s vehicle at the traffic lights near Queen Elizabeth II Hospital on Tuesday.
He was charged and convicted of reckless driving when he appeared before Maseru magistrate Senegal Qobolo.
The prosecutor, ´Mamongonyo Baasii, said Doti was driving her car from Lithabaneng at around 7.50am when the traffic light turned red.
“She stopped her car and another vehicle hit her from behind.
“Both vehicles were travelling from the main traffic circle towards Maseru Bridge,” Baasii said.
She said when the traffic police arrived at the scene of the accident they established that Macheli was the one who was on the wrong side of the law as he was speeding.
In mitigation, Macheli told the court that he was married and had a child whom he was taking care of.
He was however given until June 30 to repair the car.
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