The Lilongwe Magistrate Court has given a fine of K2.5 million to the South African national Mr. Dean van Scavo for his dog’s biting of Mr. Kefas Chimdima in 2010. Mr. Chimdima was employed as guard at the van Scavo’s residence in the capital Lilongwe.
The court had found Mr. van Scavo guilty of reckless behavior and endangering human life which attracted 7 years imprisonment with hard labor. However, the then Chief Resident, who is now High Court judge Chifundo Kachale had slapped the South African national with a fine of K2.5 million in which K1 million is going to the courts and K1.5 million will be paid to the victim Mr. Kefas chimdima.
Earlier on police prosecutor Happy Mkandawire had asked the court to give the South African national a heavy fine urging that the victim was permanently disfigured following the injuries he sustained during the incident. But lawyer for the defendant George mwale had pleaded with the court that his client had been cooperative enough during the period Mr. Chimdiama was in hospital. Counsel Mwale had told the court he was in agreement with the court charges but asked the court should keep in mind that his client had paid over R300 thousand in hospital bills and that he had already paid over K540 thousand as a compensation.