Court name
Court of Appeal of Tanzania

Wilson Fanuel vs Republic () [1993] TZCA 32 (08 November 1993);

Law report citations
1993 TLR 267 (TZCA)
Media neutral citation
[1993] TZCA 32

C Ramadhani, J.A., read the following considered judgment of the Court:
The appellant, Wilson Fanuel, pleaded guilty to and was convicted of manslaughter contrary to s 195 of the Penal Code. He was then sentenced to a term of imprisonment of six years. This appeal is D against that sentence.
The appellant appeared in person with a four ground memorandum of appeal. He submitted that the punishment meted out is excessive, that he had readily pleaded guilty and so saved the Court from conducting a full trial, that he killed his own son in the course of chastising the deceased and that he E is now remorseful for what he has done. The appellant pleaded for leniency at the hearing of the appeal for two reasons. First, he said his family of five kids, a wife and an aged and blind mother is suffering greatly because of his incarceration. Secondly, he reiterated that he had acted inadvertently and that he had not intended to kill his son.
F Resisting the appeal on behalf of the respondent Republic was Mrs Sumari, learned State Attorney. She supported the punishment awarded to the appellant and pointed out that the appellant was just repeating what he had told the learned Trial Judge (Mroso J) who had duly taken the G mitigation into account when sentencing. The learned State Attorney agreed with the learned Trial Judge when he said:
`But I must deprecate most strongly the brutal manner in which accused chastised his young son of ten years to the H point of causing his death. I have to impose a deterrent sentence on him and to any potential offenders of his like.'
The deceased had the habit of stealing. That fateful evening the appellant tied the deceased to a post and flogged him with a stick until he lost consciousness. Upon regaining it, the deceased asked for I and was given some water to drink. That was the end of him.

The appellant buried the deceased without reporting the incident to any authority. The body was A exhumed and a post mortem was conducted about a week later. The cause of death could not be determined but it was established that the beating was administered on the buttocks. However, and as properly pointed out by Mrs Sumari, the deceased met his death at the hands of the appellant. B Undisputably the appellant over reacted to a delinquency of a boy of tender years.
It is trite law, which we have reiterated in Silvanus Leonard Nguruwe v R (1) that an Appellate Court will not interfere with a sentence just because it would not have imposed that sentence if it were the Trial Court. The sentence of six years for such manslaughter as this one in this appeal, is not C manifestly excessive. At the same time we cannot say that the learned Trial Judge considered matters which he ought not to have considered or that he had used a wrong principle. D
So however sympathetic this Court may be to the said situation in which the appellant is we are bound by the confines of the law.
The appeal is dismissed. E