During trial proceedings, Ntigurirwa pleaded guilty of having killed his wife Uwimana Florence but denied to have used a hoe to kill the wife as alleged.
The latter has claimed to have killed the wife accidentally with a stick and requested for a lenient punishment.
The crime was committed in the night of 4th February 2021.
The ruling was read in absentia of the accused yesterday at the court’s headquarters of Muhanga Intermediary Court.
The presiding judge, Kankindi Olive cited three reasons pinning the suspect.
The fact that the suspect pleaded guilty for murder without explaining how the crime was committed, she said, doesn’t allow Ntigurirwa a lenient punishment.
Among others, Kankindi said that the severity of the crime and related consequences when he killed wife, and having planned to kill wife with a hoe which he hit on the wife’s head several times pins Ntigurirwa.
Ntigurirwa who has been detained at Kamonyi Police station is set to be taken to Muhanga Prison to serve his life sentence.