The Lusaka High Court has today sentenced Precious Longwe to death by hanging until pronounced dead for murdering her husband Akakanda Litebele.
High Court Judge Sharon Newa convicted the 30 year old after concluding that that she intentionally killed the husband.
This is in a case in which Longwe of an unknown house number off Buluwe Road in Woodlands Extension is charged with the murder of Mr Litebele.
On May 25, last year, in Lusaka longwe killed Mr Litebele by shooting him five times.
The 30 year old banker maintained that she accidentally killed her husband by shooting him five times during a fight.
” It is clear that the accused shot the deceased because he had informed the accused persons parent’s about his non influence on her as seen from the messages exchanged between the two ” she said
Justice Newa condemned Precious for her behaviour decribing the killing as cold bloodied.
She said the court cannot release her saying doing so will be sending a wrong message to society that one can kill when provoked.
Justice Newa dismissed the defence that the accused that said she was drunk when she shot her husband and that she does not remember what transpired.
She also dismissed her defence that she was provoked by the deceased.
” No witness showed how drunk the accused was, no evidence to show that the accused was drunk or that she was in a state to show she was drunk as she booked the tax for her maid, noticed where her brother in laws vehicle was parked and checked on her baby, ” said Justice Newa.
Judge Newa also dismissed the defence that she acted in self defense when she shot the husband stating that as much as issues of Gender Based Violence are considered, the evidence was insufficient to show that the deceased had intention of killing her.
“It is clear that the two led a life of partying and drinking, and it is clear that the accused did not fear disobeying the deceased. It is therefore my finding that the deceased person was not an imment danger and that he wanted to shoot her,” she said.
Justice Newa said by firing the gun three times, it was also clear that Precious had the intentions of shooting the deceased stating that she shot the deceased because he had informed her parents that he was going to declare his non influence on her as seen from the text messages exchanged that night.
“The intention to kill has been established and I therefore find you guilty of murder and convict you accordingly.”