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Husband gets 3 years for ‘culpable homicide’

OCTOBER 2, 2014 By Patrick J. Kamara

Justice Sam Margai presiding at the Freetown High Court yesterday slammed a three-year jail term on Sheku Kallon for ‘culpable homicide’. Kallon had in March 2013 reportedly killed his wife, Mamie Bayoh.

The accused was before the court to answer to one count of manslaughter contrary to law. He had pleaded guilty to the offence.

State prosecutor Ahmed James Maxwell Bockarie told the court that the accused had a quarrel with his wife for a Chinese made light, which led to the latter slapping the deceased. She eventually collapsed and died, according to the prosecutor.

Earlier, in his plea of mitigation, the accused pleaded for mercy amid uncontrollable sobs.

He told the court that his action was unintentional and that a custodial sentence would mean more suffering for their children.

“I am regrettably sorry for the demise of my wife. I didn’t kill her willfully. Please my lord, have mercy on me. If you give me a longer sentence our children will be left suffering,” he pleaded.

The judge told the court that the accused has not wasted the court’s time in pleading guilty to the offence, but that could not deter the Bench from punishing him.

He said the accused would have calmed his temper during the argument with his wife instead of retaliating in the manner he did, noting that: “Your actions were very harsh and you are lucky that the charge has been reduced to manslaughter. Thanks to the Law Officers Department. I therefore sentence you to three years imprisonment,” he ordered.