THE Kitwe High Court has sentenced a 27-year-old housewife to 17 years Imprisonment for murdering her husband.
Miriam Lungu, of Kwacha Township in Kitwe was charged with murder of Sydney Lungu contrary to section 200 of the Penal Code after she murdered the deceased on December 7, last year.
In passing sentence, High Court Judge Judy Mulongoti said with due consideration to Lungu’s mitigation, she was compelled to slap a stiff punishment on the accused because of the serious nature of the offense.
“You killed your own husband whom your children called father, and now your children will no longer have someone to call father,
“I therefore sentence you to 17 years imprisonment with effect from the date of your arrest,” Ms Justice Mulongoti said.
Ms Justice Mulongoti noted that the deceased attacked the accused with bear hands whilst the accused used excessive force in defence.
Facts before court were that on December 6, last year, Mr Lungu returned home around 20:00 hours and found his wife and children already sleeping, something that was unusual as he normally found them awake that time around.
It was then that Mr Lungu inquired why they had slept early and upon doing so, his wife responded that she had nothing to do and in the process, a quarrel erupted.
The court heard that Lungu suggested to the deceased that he takes any complaint he had against her to her parents instead of making baseless accusations.
Lungu narrated that an agreement was arrived at to go to her mother’s place but that when they reached the entrance, the deceased refused to go in and instead started pulling her around and beating her.
She testified that her right eye was injured in the process and she was only rescued by passers-by.
Lungu said she ran to her matrimonial home and that her husband followed her and continued beating her.
She told the court that after persistent beating she picked an alternator cover and hit him with it because she was afraid he would kill her.
“I got a metal object, an alternator cover and hit him because I wanted him to stop beating me. I did not know that he would die. All I wanted was for him to stop beating me,” She said.
In mitigation, Lungu pleaded for leniency through her lawyer Ignatius Chongwe from the legal aid counsel.
Mr Chongwe pleaded that his client was a first offender who had children and would be tormented on the demise of her husband.
He asked the court to consider the circumstances in which this happened bearing in mind that convict was the weaker sex.
He also asked the court to consider the plight of the children who would lose both parents if stiff punishment was meted.