15 November 2012

Zambia: Woman Jailed for Killing 'Suspicious' Wife

THE Kitwe High Court has sentenced a 35-year-old woman to 18 years imprisonment for killing a housewife who accused her of flirting with her husband.

High Court Judge Catherine Makungu sent to jail Judith Ng'andwe of Chingola to 18 years simple imprisonment for killing Charity Muyangana, a nurse, who was 41.

Ms Justice Makungu convicted Ng'andwe upon her own admission of a charge of manslaughter.

Ng'andwe was earlier charged with murder which was reduced to manslaughter.

On April 19 this year, Ng'andwe was at Holywood Bar taking alcohol when she met Ms Muyangana.

The two had a disagreement which resulted in a fight.

Ms Muyangana confronted the accused insisting that she was flirting with her husband.

The court heard that Ng'andwe followed Ms Muyangana who sustained severe injuries and died on May 9 this year.

A postmortem which was conducted two days later at Nchanga South Hospital indicated that Ms Muyangana died from injuries.

In mitigation, Legal Aid Counsel Ignitius Choongwe, who represented Ng'andwe, asked for the court's lenience in sentencing her and that she was remorseful over the experience.

Mr Choongwe said in as much as a custodial sentence was appropriate, the court should consider suspending part of the sentence.

He said Ng'andwe was a first offender who had readily admitted the charge.

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