Life term for grisly murder

THE High Court in Lautoka has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for the murder of his de facto partner at Yalalevu, Ba, in 2016.

Nazim Ali, 35, Ba pleaded guilty to striking Susana Vakaloloma, 27, with a cane knife then dismembering her body.

The court heard that on May 7, 2016, the pair was in a heated argument over alcohol when Ali grabbed a cane knife and hacked the mother of one to death.

The former engineer then hid the body parts in a plastic bag in their kitchen for several days before police were alerted.

The next day Ali called a friend and admitted to killing his wife before asking for help in hiding her body.

Despite several attempts to hide the body, the accused was finally arrested after his friend reported the murder.

High Court judge Justice Rangajeera Wimalasena described the act as horrific and horrendous.

“You were in a position of trust and breached that trust,” Justice Wimalasena said.

“The deceased had a daughter but because of your act, she will grow up without a mother. What you did to conceal the crime was horrendous.

“Murders carried out without remorse deserve a long custodial sentence.”

Mr Ali was handed a term of life imprisonment with a minimum 19-year non-parole period.

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