THE Livingstone High Court has sentenced a 34-year-old man of Livingstone’s Ngwenya Compound to 20 years imprisonment with hard labour for killing his father-in-law.
This is in a matter in which Limpo Handuli is charged with one count of murder contrary to section 200 of the Penal Code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
The convict Handuli had pleaded not guilty to the offence. It was heard before the court that on unknown but between 6th and 18th May, 2015, Handuli murdered Erick Ndila, his father-in-law by tying his arms behind with shoes laces, covering his mouth with a cloth, tying his neck with a bandage as well as legs before killing him with an axe.
The court heard that after realising that her husband had gone missing, Ndila’s wife reported the matter to Mbita police station where a search party was dispatched.
It is believed that the Ndila’s murder was ignited after his decision to dissolve his daughter’s marriage to the Handuli.
On May 15, Ndila’s body was found in the bush with a swollen face while he was bleeding in the nose and mouth and the shoe prints similar to that of the convict was found near the body. Handuli was arrested on May 18, 2015 after being on the run for a couple of days and was only found in the bush where he was living.
In mitigation, the convict through the legal aid pleaded with the court to exercise lenience, saying that he was in his youthful time and if given any other sentence apart from death sentence, he would contribute to the country’s development.
And in passing sentence, Judge Justice Mukulwamutiyo said that Handuli’s conduct of the convict was uncalled for and that it was preventable.
“I have considered the mitigation by the counsel that he is a first offender who is in his youthful time.
However, the conduct of the convict was uncalled for. And I agree that he will live with stigma that he killed someone who was close to his wife,” he read the judgement.
“As a first offender, I hereby sentence the convict to 20 years imprisonment with hard labour with effect from the date of his arrest.