A five man Supreme Court bench quashed the death sentence against Lota today and substituted it with life in prison.
The court found the trial judges’ sentence was excessive.
Sedoki Lota of Salakahadi village Ferguson island, was 22 years old when he was sentenced to death by hanging on October 1 2007, by the Alotau National Court.
He pleaded guilty to killing a Marcia Kedarossi of Nade village; a woman he had suspected of killing 19 people through sorcery.
Lota was hired for K1,500, two bagis, a traditional arm band and shell money.