02/05/2016 03:58 EST | Updated 02/05/2016 04:59 EST

Woman Crashes Own Funeral After Partner Paid To Have Her Killed

An Australian woman shocked her partner last year when she showed up at their home — because he had ordered her killed.

Balenga Kalala had paid almost AUS$7,000 to have his common-law wife Noela Rukundo murdered, because he believed she was cheating, according to The Age.

However, her kidnappers freed her because they didn't want to kill a woman.

Last February, Rukundo was in Burundi for her stepmother's funeral when she was kidnapped, according to the outlet. While she was still being held, one of the men called Kalala to tell him that the job was done. After they let Rukundo go, they also gave her records of phone calls with Kalala and a receipt for his payment.

She made it back to Australia a few days later, where Kalala had been telling people she died in an accident, she told the BBC.

Mourners had been coming to their home all day, and some had been donating money. But when she showed up, he could barely believe his eyes.

"When I get out of the car, he saw me straight away. He put his hands on his head and said, 'Is it my eyes? Is it a ghost?'"

"Surprise! I'm still alive!" she responded.

That day she called the police, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

In September, Kalala pleaded guilty to one count of incitement to murder, and was sentenced in December to nine years in jail.

You can hear more from Noela Rukundo in the video above.

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