Murder suspect Precious Longwe on Wednesday opened her defence in the matter she allegedly killed her husband by shooting him five times by pleading with the Lusaka High Court to acquit her.
She told the court that she did not intentionally kill her husband Lubinda Akakandela Liteebele.
Precious, 31, a Customer Services Officer at Banc ABC in Lusaka is accused of murdering her husband Akakanda Lubinda Liteebele on May 25 by shooting him five times.
Opening her defence in the Lusaka High Court before Judge Sharon Newa yesterday, Precious said that the gun accidentally shot her husband after the two had engaged in a vicious fight.
She told the court that on the fateful day, she and her workmates had gone out to drink and after returning home she found her husband Lubinda Akakandela laying on a couch next to a gun in the living room.
Precious said that she had been drinking Castle Lite and shots of Jameson and that she was drunk during the incident.
“After I arrived home, I went into our bedroom, I found my husband was not there but was in our living room laying on the couch, the TV was on and was he covered in blankets, as I moved closer, I saw a gun next to him, I got scared because my husband was a violent man who had a tendency of beating me” she said.
Precious said when she approached him to inquire about the gun, he started shouting and insulting by calling at her calling a ‘bitch’.
She told the court that an argument ensued that allegedly resulted in the two wrestling for the gun that accidentally went off twice and killed her husband.
She said she loved her husband and killing him was the last thing she would ever do.
“I am asking the court to acquit me. I did not plan to kill my husband, I have two small children under the age of four years old, I love my husband, up to now I do not understand what happened, I am still in the state of shock” she said.
Meanwhile, Precious broke down upon seeing photos of her dead husband laying in a pool of blood.
During cross examination, Precious said her husband was an abusive and violent man who had previously hit her with an iron bar.
And when questioned by state prosecutors why she did not report the abuse she was subjected to in her marriage, Precious said her husband was a pretender who did not want people to know what she was going through.
Meanwhile, when asked why she owned a gun, Precious told the court that she purchased it in October 2015 for security reasons.
The court adjourned the matter to February, 10 this year for re-examination and continued defence
She is also facing a theft charge of K200, 000 in the Lusaka Magistrate Court.