A man from Inyathi has been sentenced to death by a High Court judge after being convicted for killing his wife and her sister using a spear.
Bulawayo High Court Judge, Justice Maxwell Takuva found Amos Nkala (45) of Balanda Village 7 guilty of murder with actual intent and sentenced to death for each count.
In passing the sentence, Justice Takuva said the accused’s level of cruelty is shocking. Said the judge:
You committed two heinous crimes in a horrific manner, your level of cruelty is shocking as you acted with untold brutality.
You used excessive force on two defenceless women and when you finished them off you did not show mercy. They must have suffered excruciating pain and died very painful deaths, a sign that you have no regard for human life.
You should not be allowed among the civilised society. The courts have a duty to protect the sanctity of life.
This kind of conduct cannot be tolerated, two young lives were killed in cold blood, they did not expect you to behave in the manner you did even if there was some provocation as you allege.
You are hereby found guilty of murder with actual intent and sentenced to death for each count.
Nkala claimed that he acted out of provocation after his wife alleged that he had sexual relations with his mother.
He also said that he was provoked by his sister who has insinuated that there was a neighbour who was seeking boyfriends for his wife.
More: Sunday News
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Maxwell Munodawafa Takuva is a Zimbabwean lawyer and a judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe. He was appointed by President Robert Mugabe in 2012. Justice Maxwell Takuva was sworn in on the 20th of December 2012, by President Robert Mugabe himself. Before his appointment... Read More About Maxwell Takuva