A 28-YEAR-OLD Chisamba polygamist has been jailed for five years by the Kabwe High Court for killing his pregnant wife last year.
Judge-in-charge Dominic Sichinga slapped the sentence on Regan Moonga yesterday after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
In mitigation, Moonga told the court that he had suffered great loss following the death of his wife and was remorseful for his actions.
“I have a wife and two children, and one dependent under my care. I am asking the court to forgive me and give me a second chance so that I can contribute positively to society,” he said.
Particulars of the offence are that Moonga caused the death of Dainess Banda on January 2, 2015, in Chisamba.
Ms Banda, who was Moonga’s second wife, died a day after she was beaten and injured by her husband after he returned home drunk.
The incident happened after the two picked a quarrel on New Year’s Day and Moonga started kicking and punching his wife. The wife, who was seven months pregnant, sustained injuries during the fight and she died the following day.
Mr Justice Sichinga told Moonga that it was unfortunate that he caused the death of his wife.
“The death of your wife will haunt you for the rest of your life,” Mr Justice Sichinga said, “That is punishment enough, and in exercising my leniency, I will sentence you to five years imprisonment with hard labour.”