LINDA SOKO TEMBO writes
A ZAMBIAN woman, identified as Cecilia Chiluba, has been shot dead by her estranged 53-year-old Finish husband over divorce and child custody issues.
According to local Finnish media reports, Ms Chiluba, who at the time of her death was living separately from her husband, was shot in Lahti in the south of Finland.
“… The victim was shot dead in Lahti in Sunday evening.
The homicide took place outside on the Ala-Tonttila Street around 5.30 pm,” Detective Inspector Jari Kiiskinen is reported to have said by the Finish media.
“The suspect of the crime is a 53-year old man. The victim is his 38-year-old wife,” Finish police reportedly announced on Monday.
According to a report by the Ilta-Sanomat Newspaper, the male suspect is of Finnish origin and lives in Kouvola.
The newspaper also stated the female victim was of African origin and had filed for divorce against the suspect at the time of the killing.
“Police has reportedly started interrogation of the witnesses and the 53-year-old male suspect,” stated the newspaper report.
The report stated, “The suspect was found close to the crime scene, just a few minutes after the police got the emergency call.
The police have the gun, suspected is belied to have used.”
According to the report, the trigger behind the tragedy seemed to be a divorce and the fight of custody of the child and the right to see the child.
The newspaper said, the suspect and the victim got married in Northern Finland in January 2016 but later moved to the south and that the woman had been living in Lahti lately while he lived Kouvola.
The woman had filed for divorce at the beginning of the year, according to the Ilta-Sanomat Newspaper, and that the file was still being handled by the District Court.
“Less than two weeks ago the woman filed another case to the District Court to ask the court to order for the full custody of their child.
She had asked the court to order for the son to live with the mother,” stated the Ilta-Sanomat Newspaper report.
The son first lived with his mother after the parents separated but that the father later took the child to his new home without the mother’s consent.
According to the newspaper file, the woman was having challenges filling for divorce and child custody because she had difficulties understanding the Finnish law.
“The case was only filed in the District Court one and half weeks ago, and it is likely that the suspect could have gotten the subpoena (summons) last week just before the homicide,” stated the media report.
The report said, “Now that the woman is dead and the husband is arrested as a murder suspect.
The Police will request for suspension of matter from the District Court later this week.”
The Police in Häme was still requesting for more information related to the case.