THE Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has fined a man of Lusaka’s Kanyama Township K500 for punching another man during an argument.

This is a case before Magistrate Martha Miti, in which Gabriel Ginasho is accused of assaulting Ken Numayi on April 17 thereby occasioning him actual bodily harm.

The court heard that Ginasho punched Numayi in the face three times with a fist during an argument.The two belong to the Disabled Persons Association in Kanyama.

When the matter came up for judgment, Ginasho maintained his position of having not committed the offence.

In mitigation, he however pleaded for leniency from the court saying his family would suffer if given a custodial sentence.

He asked for forgiveness as he had no relatives to help him.

Magistrate Miti said slapping someone on the face three times was a serious offence and punishable by law.

She said he would have served the courts time by saying the truth and finding an opportunity to reconcile with the complainant.

“I will be lenient with you because of your disability but there is no law that stops the court from punishing disabled persons,’’ she said.

The court ordered Ginasho to pay K500 within seven working days and in default fix months imprisonment.

The matter comes up on November 22 for confirmation of the payment.

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