Miss Lang’ata Prison Ruth Kamande to be sentenced today
- Ms Kamande’s advocate urged the court to hand a lenient jail sentence since the accused had “established a close relationship with God” since being taken into custody in 2015.
- The advocate told the court that Ms. Kamande had converted to Islam and had since become religious and prays five times a day.
- High Court judge Jessie Lesiit convicted Ms. Kamande for murder in May, noting that her actions proved malice.
Miss Lang’ata Prison 2016 beauty pageant winner Ruth Kamande is set to be sentenced on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
She was found guilty of killing her boyfriend in 2015.
High Court judge Jessie Lesiit set the date on Wednesday, with Ms Kamande’s advocate urging the court to hand a lenient jail sentence.
According to her lawyer, the accused had “established a close relationship with God” since being taken into custody in 2015.
The advocate told the court that Ms. Kamande had converted to Islam and had since become religious and prays five times a day.
The court further heard that the accused had enrolled to study theology education at the prison, an indication that her stay in custody had streamlined her.
The court was also told that Ms. Kamande was the only child to her single mum after her younger brother passed on.
“When arrested, the 21 years old then had just been enrolled at JKUAT to study Business, a dream which was shuttered by the circumstances here in,” submitted her advocate.
On their side, the prosecution urged the judge to hand Kamande a death penalty for being arrogant during the trial.
“The 24-year-old then, whose life was cut short is an orphan and had a task of provide for the rest of the family members, hence justice should prevail,” said the prosecution counsel.
Kamande was found guilty of killing her boyfriend Farid Mohammed in 2015.
The High Court convicted Ms. Kamande noting that her actions proved malice, therefore, convicted her for murder.
On allegations of rape, the court said that doctors carried out examinations and found that she had not been raped as she had alleged.
Kamande, who has been in remand since 2015, had argued that things escalated after she discovered a hospital card which suggested that Mohammed was undergoing HIV treatment.
When she confronted her boyfriend about it, she claimed, he threatened her saying they would both rather die than have his HIV status known to the public.
The argument, according to the beauty pageant, got out of hand, when she discovered letters from two other women.
Ms. Kamande claimed she stabbed her boyfriend with a kitchen knife after it fell on her as they were struggling on the ground.
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