Justice Raliatu Adebiyi, of an Ikeja High Court on Tuesday, sentenced a certain Katungi Phillips, to life imprisonment for stabbing his wife, identified as Justina James, to death for allegedly infecting him with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
Justice Adebiyi, sentenced Phillips after finding him guilty of killing his wife.
According to the prosecution, the convict committed the offence at 3.21am on July 26, 2014, at his residence at Pako House, Oniru, Lagos.
Phillips, it was gathered who had been married to Justina for two-years stabbed her all over her body with a kitchen knife after discovering that she had infected him with HIV.
“After discovering that she had infected him with the virus, the deceased allegedly wanted to leave him for another man.
“He stabbed his wife a kitchen knife during the ensuing argument and he also attempted to kill himself by stabbing himself in the abdomen with the knife,” the prosecution said.
Phillips was arraigned in court on Feb. 8, 2016, and four witnesses- three police officers and the sister of the deceased wife testified at the trial on behalf of the prosecution.
Insp Alexander Onoja, the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) during his testimony at the trial said that the defendant confessed to the police to have stabbed his wife.
“He confessed that he murdered his wife because he discovered they were both HIV positive and he was infected through her.
“He alleged that she informed him that she was leaving him for another man,” he said.
The IPO said that when the police visited the crime scene Justina was already deceased and her body was in a pool of blood while Phillips was laying beside her corpse with a knife wound to his abdomen and “his intestines hanging out”.
Philips, however, in his testimony during the trial said his wife was stabbed while they were arguing over his missing mobile phone.
“We were arguing over my missing phone, she stabbed me with the kitchen knife, I grabbed the knife from her hands and stabbed her once,” Phillips told the court.
Justice Adebiyi, however, in her judgment rejected Phillips defence of provocation, adding that based on the evidence before her, the defence of provocation was not plausible and that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt, thereby sentencing him to life imprisonment.