While his three children slept peacefully in another room, Kiala Henri Lusaka brutally murdered his wife, who suspected she had been unfaithful.
Lusaka, 42, and his Australian wife, Jennifer Anne Downes, were living in a rental home in Suva, Fiji, at the time of the July 2019 murder.
According to local publication FBC News, a Suva High Court judge referred to a pathologist’s report during sentencing, noting that Ms Downes struggled in her final minutes and died in an extremely gruesome manner.
camera iconKiala Henri Lusaka was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 20 years. FBC News Credit: Delivered
After murdering his wife, the Congo national placed coins on her eyes and sent a photo to her father, Christopher Downes.
In his statement on the impact on victims, Mr Downes reportedly said his grandchildren still had nightmares and were afraid Lusaka would find them and harm them.
Lusaka was sentenced to a mandatory life sentence and must serve at least 20 years behind bars before the president can consider pardoning him.
Ms Downes is believed to have worked for the United Nations World Food Programme.
NCA NewsWire is seeking comment from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.