Man sentenced 25 years for killing wife

A former public servant from the Department of Justice has been sentenced to 25 years in prison with hard labour for the cold blooded murder of his wife in 2014.

Jeffery Saa was sentenced by the Waigani National Court on Monday after he stabbed his wife in full view of the public on 14 March 2014 at Waikele market, Gerehu Stage 6 following an argument.

The deceased was selling betel nut at the market when she was approached by her husband who was armed with a knife.

Saa stabbed his wife in the back with a knife which penetrated through her chest wall piercing her heart which indicated that a substantial amount of force was exerted to inflict such wound.

He pleaded not guilty to the offense and a trial was conducted which the court found him guilty for wilful murder.

“You took the law into your own hands and met your own form of justice.

“The biggest victims or losers in this mayhem are your children. They now have to live their life without their mother and the prospect of losing you through an imprisoned sentence,” Justice Mogish said. 

While the court appreciated the suffering his incarceration will bring to his family as a result of the sentence, it was of the view that it will fail to do its duties if a non-custodial sentence or wholly suspended sentence was given.

Saa will now spend 22 years, one month and four days at Bomana after the court deducted a remand period of two years, 10 months and 3 weeks which he spent in custody awaiting the final outcome of his case.

Sally Pokiton