Tanzanian actress and socialite Elizabeth Lulu Michael has been sentenced to 2 years in prison after she was found guilty of murdering actor Steve Kanumba back in 2012.
The verdict made by Dar Es Salaam high court magistrate has left many Tanzanian celebrities empathizing with the actress who has already started serving her sentence.
The court heard that Steven Kanumba and Lulu were lovers. Lulu was found guilty after it was determined that she was the last person to leave the deceased’s house on April 7th 2012 when he died.
Kanumba’s younger brother Seth Bosco told the court that Lulu had an altercation with the deceased on that fateful day. He explained that the two were quarreling because Lulu picked up a call from another man in the presence of the deceased.Bosco further reveals that Lulu came out of the room and informed her that Kanumba had collapsed. The two called a doctor who declared Kanumba dead upon examining him.
Kanumba died when Lulu fatally pushed him against the wall. Esther Zephania, a detective who arrested Lulu on that fateful day, told the court that the wall of the room where the actor died had black blood-like stains.
Lulu’s lawyer Peter Kibatala requested the court to pardon his client arguing that she committed the crime when she was still young.
The lawyer further begged the court to forgive Lulu saying that she is her family’s bread-winner. Kibatala asked the court to free his client so that she could continue providing for her family.
The High Court however found Lulu guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Steven Kanumba. Kibatala vowed to challenge the ruling even as Lulu was sent to prison to start serving the two year jail term.
Lulu was 17 years old at the time of the incident.