Court reserves ruling the murder appeal case

By Staff Reporter

THE Court of Appeal has reserved judgement in a case in which a 20-year-old Lusaka woman of Matero township appealed against the death sentence slapped on her for stabbing her husband to death with a kitchen knife.

Dorcas Kasenge was last year found guilty of killing her husband Aubrey Chanda in April 2017 by High Court judge Catherine Lombe Phiri but she appealed, arguing that she did so because she was provoked.

In the High Court, judge Phiri found that there was no compelling reason or provocation from her husband to warrant her stabbing him to death.

However, Dorcas in her defence told the court that she was on the material day in the kitchen cutting vegetables and did not know how the knife stabbed her husband.

But in her appeal, she raised a defence of provocation.

When the case came up for hearing before Court of Appeal president Fulgence Chisanga who sat with judges Mubanga Kondolo and Betty Majula, a senior legal aid counsel submitted on behalf of Dorcas, that she would rely on submissions she filed in court while the State also indicated that they would do the same.

Judge Chisanga said the court has reserved judgement to a date to be notified.