The Ndola High Court has sentenced a 46-year-old man to death by hanging for stabbing to death his sister during a quarrel.
High Court Judge Petronella Ngulube sentenced to death John Shula of House Number 6409 Kaloko Township in Ndola after convicting him of murder.
Shula on November 8, 2010 killed his sister Euphrasia Nkweto.?According to facts presented in court, Shula picked up a quarrel with his sister when he returned from a drinking spree.
He stabbed his sister with a knife and she died after falling down.
The court had heard that when another brother tried to rescue her, Shula assaulted him.
A post mortem was conducted at Ndola Central Hospital and indicated that the death was due to knife injuries sustained during the fight.
When placed on defence, Shula opted to remain silent and refused to mitigate.
In passing sentence, Ms Justice Ngulube said Shula was found with the knife he used in the act and that he failed to defend himself when placed on defence.
“The prosecution has proved your case beyond reasonable doubt, I find you guilty of the offence, and I convict you accordingly as charged,” Justice Ngulube told the accused.
Ms Justice Ngulube said the crime committed was grave and was sentencing Shula to death by hanging until pronounced dead.
[Times of Zambia]