The Supreme Court has sentenced a woman to six years and 10 months in jail, in relation to the fatal stabbing of her husband last year.
Ms. Caroline Wasabulu, who resides in Pango had been convicted on one charge of intentional homicide, an offence which carried a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment.
Her sentence had commenced from March 20, 2020.
According to the court, in the early hours of October 20, 2019, 46-year-old Wasabulu and her late husband returned to their residence at Pango village from a night club. She had consumed kava and alcohol.
They were arguing and the late husband had struck his wife with his hands. He hit Ms. Wasabulu on the street before they went into their home. The deceased struck his wife again after they were inside the house.
The wife then took a 35cm knife from the sitting room table and stabbed her late husband, thinking she had stabbed him in the hand.
The deceased went outside after shouting these words,’Yu stap ia, yu wet’.
“There was a loud bang on the outside corrugated iron wall of the house, like the sound of someone falling against the wall and then walking on the gravel alongside the wall,” the verdict handed down by the presiding judge related.
“Ms Wasabulu realised that she had wounded the deceased more seriously than she thought and rushed outside calling out her brother’s name. He lives in the next yard. She was crying and calling out, ‘I stabbed him with a knife, look for him.’”
Ms. Wasabulu’s son in law arranged for the deceased to be immediately taken to the Vila Central Hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival.
The post-mortem examination confirmed the deceased died of severe loss of blood from the stab wound to his chest. There were two further superficial slashes on his neck and a stab wound on his left shoulder.
When considering the mitigating factors, Presiding Judge, Viran Molisa Trief said the deceased threatened Ms Wasabulu which led her to her arming herself with the knife.
Ms Wasabulu has five children and four grandchildren and has no previous convictions. She is ashamed and remorseful and is emotionally affected by what has happened.
Justice Trief refused a suspended sentence. This is to mark the gravity of the offence, to emphasize public disapproval, to deter others, and to hold Ms Wasabulu accountable for her criminal act.