Moshi — A MURDER suspect who pleaded to a lesser offence of manslaughter has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment by the High Court of Tanzania, Moshi Registry, at its just ended criminal session held at Bomang'ombe township in Hai district, Kilimanjaro region.
Before Lady Justice, Cresentia Makuru was Paul Justine Kweka (32) who pleaded guilty of unlawfully killing his wife, the late Aquilina on October 6, 2007 during the night at Longuo B, KCMC area in Moshi urban centre.
Presenting facts of the case, State Attorney Massy Bondo told the presiding Judge that on the fateful day, the accused went to look after his deceased wife who owned a bar.
He told the High Court that in the due cause of inquiring the whereabouts of the deceased, he saw her seated on the bed with another man called Kessy in one of the rooms of the said bar caroused in front of their blood daughter, Brenda Paul.
Following that situation, the deceased ran away and later re-emerged and insulted the accused who pulled out a knife and stabbed her on the left side of her chest and vanished to an unknown destination.
The crime was reported at Moshi Central Police station and police detectives rushed to the scene of the crime and the deceased died on the way as she was being rushed to KCMC referral hospital. Postmortem report revealed that the deceased died due to acute cardio-vascular failure.
The accused was arrested on the same day and upon interrogation he confessed, in his cautioned statement, that he killed his wife and confessed the same, in his extra-judicial, before justice of peace. Sentencing the accused following his own plea of guilt for the offence, Justice Makuru said she made the judgement based on several factors.
"Having taken into consideration the circumstances of that case, the mitigation and the period the accused has stayed in custody, I sentence the accused to eight years in remand prison," she ruled.