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Wife killer gets four years

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LUSAKA High Court Judge Sharon Newa has sentenced a 36-year man that is old of Estates to four years imprisonment with hard labour for killing his wife after she questioned his drinking habits.

Thomas Banda, who appeared remorseful, pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter.

Facts were that Banda on November 6, last year in Kafue Estates killed his wife, Prudence Hamoonga.

On the day that is fateful Banda came home at midnight and found his wife sleeping. He picked up a quarrel with Ms Hamoonga who queried over his drinking habits.

It was during the scuffle that Banda pushed her and she fell to the ground.

She was not moving, he called the neighbours who assisted him take her to Kafue District hospital where she was pronounced dead when he notice that.

According to the post mortem, the cause death was blunt impact trauma to the head due to an assault.

In mitigation, Banda pleaded with the court to exercise maximum leniency as he was now a widower with two children aged four and seven years.

He added that his children still needed his guidance.

He said he was deeply traumatised for having caused the death of his wife that is dear fact that would haunt him throughout his life, which was punishment on his own.

Banda said he has joined and reformed a Catholic group and upon his release, he would want to be an ambassador for Gender Based Violence.

Judge Newa said she considered Banda’s mitigation and noted that he had readily pleaded guilty, therefore had not wasted the court’s time and resources.

“I have noted that you have room to reform. I sentence you to four years imprisonment with hard labour effective November 10, 2020, the day of your arrest,” she added.