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Kajiado court orders woman killer to suffer death by hanging

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Kajiado High Court has sentenced to hang a woman convicted of killing 25 year old sales girl, Teresia Wacuka in November, 2015.

Justice Reuben Nyakundi, while handing Redempta Nthenya the sentence on August 18, said the suspect should suffer death by hanging.

Justice Reuben Nyakundi while handing the sentence onTuesday August 15, 2017 in Kajiado.

Nyakundi said the constitution of Kenya has not been changed and punishment through hanging is still in place.

“Looking at the evidence presented in court by the prosecution and the number of witnesses who testified I am convinced Nthenya committed a heinous crime by taking away a life of a fellow human being and therefore she should equally suffer the same fate,” said Nyakundi as he handed the sentence.

Wacuka was reported missing in on November 22, 2015 and after a thorough search her body was discovered in a septic tank in Ongata Rongai in January 2016.

The main suspect in her killing, her friend Nthenya, according to prosecution, had claimed Wacuka had died while trying to procure an illegal abortion.

During case hearings, and the reading of the court’s verdict, Wacuka, as revealed by an official post-mortem from Kenyatta National Hospital, was not pregnant and could therefore not have been trying to procure an abortion.

 A government pathologist who testified in the case said Wacuka died of asphyxiation via strangulation.

The prosecution established the murder suspect as Nthenya, who was Wacuka’s friend at the time.

Justice Nyakundi gave Nthenya 14 days to appeal against the sentence.

After the sentence, the mother of the slain Wacuka, Monica Wanjiru, congratulated the Kenyan courts system saying she is happy justice has been handed at last.

“Wacuka was our bread winner and we have suffered a great loss through her death. Her father died long ago and we have nobody to turn to in the family,” said Wanjiru at the Kajiado High Court grounds.

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