Zimbabwean woman gets 17 years for killing 'cheating' husband

2016-05-03 13:02


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Bulawayo – A Zimbabwean woman has been sentenced to 17 years behind bars for fatally stabbing her husband after overhearing him telling his mother that he had a child out of wedlock, the state-owned Chronicle newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Elizabeth Mbulayi, 28, pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder. However, she pleaded guilty on a lesser charge of culpable homicide.

Mbulayi fatally stabbed her husband, Simbarashe Denhere, on December 26, 2013.

Passing down judgment, Judge Maxwell Takuva disputed the accused’s statements, saying that her argument was full of inconsistencies.

Takuva further added that no one deserved to die because they were being unfaithful to their partner.

"You actually used a lethal weapon and applied excessive force to push into your husband’s chest and subsequently killing him in a senseless murder. No one deserves to die for having an extra-marital affair and we’re saying its unlawfully to enforce sexual morality through violence," Takuva was quoted as saying.

This came a week after News 24 reported that a Zimbabwean man had been jailed after beating his girlfriend with a cooking stick for refusing to have unprotected sex with him.

Witness Chibuwe, 26, pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to two months behind bars, or a fine of $100.

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