A MOTHER of two will spend 10 years in prison with hard labour after she was convicted of the manslaughter of her husband by the Waigani National Court in Port Moresby.
Deputy Chief Justice Gibbs Salika during the sentencing last Friday told the convicted mother Janet Lului that life was a precious thing to everybody.
“Think before you act,” Salika said.
Lului will serve eight years, four months after time spent in custody was deducted from her sentence.
Salika took into consideration that Lului had no prior conviction and she had a Grade 6 educational qualification.
Lului, 28, from Margarima in Hela, was married to her husband (deceased) from Koiari, in Central.
They had two daughters now aged two and five years old.
The killing occurred at Morata in the National Capital District on June 24 last year at around midnight.
The deceased was a campaign manager for one of the contesting candidates for the North-East electorate in Port Moresby at that time.
Lului and the deceased returned home when Lului asked if she could go buy betel nuts or go gambling.
An argument took place after the deceased refused Lului permission to go.
Lului insisted on going and a fight took place and Lului stabbed the husband in the chest with a knife, killing him.
Salika told Lului that it was just over the urge to go and buy betel nuts or go gambling that she killed her husband.
“You have got to take no for an answer,” Salika told Lului
“This was midnight, time to go to bed and you still wanted to go chew betel nuts and go gamble.”
Lului, during the trial, pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder on the grounds of self-defence against a provoked attack by the deceased.
Salika however convicted Lului of a lesser charge of manslaughter.
Lului, before the sentence, pleaded for mercy as she had two daughters.
Salika told Lului that she did not think of her two daughters when she took the knife and stabbed her husband.
“You brought this upon yourself, so that’s the punishment for the crime you committed,” Salika said.
ONE PNG / The National