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‘Vampire’ husband to hang for stabbing wife 23 times, licking her blood

A 39 year-old man who stabbed his wife 23 times killing her instantly has been handed the death penalty.

The couple, who had three children, had disagreed over the use of the wife’s mobile phone.

Justice Luka Kimaru, in his ruling, said Mr Bernard Mwenga Wilson was a habitual wife batterer who finally chose to finish off his wife by repeatedly stabbing her to death.

“The fact that you stabbed her 23 times shows you had an intention to kill. Witnesses saw you lick her blood which had stained the knife you used to attack her,” the judge said.

The incident occurred at a saloon on February 10, 2010 in Mlolongo where the late Caroline Mbeta worked.

Justice Kimaru said an autopsy report indicated that the victim had 3 litres of blood in her chest due to the multiple stab wounds that were also found on her chest, lower abdomen, head and shoulders.

The judge said that witnesses had recounted that the couple had constant disagreements that resulted in fist-fights before the fatal incident occurred.

“You are a person who assaulted your wife on several occasions and on this one decided to murder her,” the judge said.

He said he had rejected the suspect’s defence that on the fateful day he was drunk and could not have a recollection of what he had done or what had happened.

The man has 14 days to appeal.