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A Ugandan man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for killing his wife over alleged extra-marital affair.

Simon Shimanya, who confessed he killed his 32-year-old wife and former nurse at International Hospital Kampala, was sentenced on Wednesday, September 2.

The Chief Magistrate of Nabweru Court in Wakiso District, Patricia Amoko, jailed Shimanya, reasoning that the manner in which he killed the deceased using an axe was traumatic and gruesome.

Shimanya was arrested on August 12 from Isingiro District and charged with manslaughter in connection with the August 1 violent murder of nurse Violet Kakai at their home in Bbumbu –Kiteezi, Wakiso District.

The 40-year-old teacher admitted using an axe to hack his 32-year-old wife and mother of three to death.

During the sentencing of Shimanya, the Chief Magistrate held that the accused caused a severe head injury that led to death of his wife.

She reasoned that the court had considered the fact that the children had already lost one parent and therefore needed someone to comfort them.

Shimanya appeared before court via video conference in a session held at Buganda Road Court.

While confessing to the crime, Shimanya explained that it was not his intention to kill his wife but it was anger resulting from provocation as the couple had escalating marital issues.

He had asked for a lenient punishment to enable him go back home to take care of his children.

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