BULAWAYO High Court judge, Justice Maxwell Takuva has described an Inyathi man who struck his wife and sister with a hammer before finishing them off using a metal spear following a rumor of infidelity as “cruel and merciless”.
Amos Nkala (45) of Balanda Village 7, Siganda in Inyathi lured his wife, Simangele Tshuma who was 41 and his sister, Nongazi Nkala aged 39 last year into a kitchen under the pretext that he wanted to discuss allegations that a neighbor was matchmaking boyfriends for his wife during his absence.
However, in a fit of unexplained rage, he armed himself with a hammer and brutally struck his wife and his sister unconscious in full view of his 18-year-old stepdaughter before finishing them off with a spear by stabbing them several times.
He was convicted of murder with actual intent and sentenced to death for each count by Justice Takuva while sitting on circuit in Hwange last week. Justice Takuva described Nkala as a merciless man who had brutally murdered the two defenseless women based on a rumor.
“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 defenseless 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 civilized 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,” said Justice Takuva.
Nkala claimed that he acted out of provocation after his wife alleged that he had sexual relations with his mother. Through his pro deo lawyer, Mr Givemore Mvhiringi of Mvhiringi and Associates, Nkala said his wife had accused him of having sexual relations with his late mother during her lifetime. Mr Mvhiringi said Nkala was also provoked by his sister who has insinuated that there was a neighbor who was seeking boyfriends for his wife.
“Accused lost the power of self-control due to provocation and assaulted the deceased with a hammer and spear. Accused admits he was negligent when he was assaulting deceased persons, he did not have the intention to cause their deaths,” he said.
Prosecutor, Ms Memory Munsaka told the court heard that on 20 May 2018 Nkala was approached by Lydia Madziko who asked him why he went about telling people that she was seeking boyfriends for his wife.