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Blow to Langata Beauty Queen as The Appellate Court Upholds Death Sentence

Kevin Ochieng



Photo: The Langata Beauty Queen

The Appellate court has upheld a death sentence handed to Miss Lang’ata, Ruth Kamande.

The beauty queen had been accused for stabbing her boyfriend to death 22 times using a kitchen knife in Buruburu estate five years ago.

A tweet from DPP stated that the court of appeal had upholds the death sentence of miss Langata.

“Court of Appeal upholds death sentence of 2016 miss Langata Women Prison beauty queen Ruth Kamande accused of stabbing her boyfriend 22 times at Buruburu estate, Sept 2015,” reads the tweet.

In 2017, High Court judge Justice Jessie Lessit,found Ruth Kamande guilty and said that she had deliberately stabbed her boyfriend, Farid Mohammed 22 times leading to his death.

“Young people should know it is not cool to kill your boyfriend or girlfriend, instead it is cool to walk away from such a relationship when it breaks down.” Justice Lessit read out in her ruling back in 2016.

It is was reported that The Langata beauty queen had found a text from another lady on Farid’s phone.

Close friends to the victim said that they had been in an off and on relationship and had since moved on with another woman before the fateful night.

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However, Ruth Kamande appealed the ruling which has been upheld by the Court of Appeal.

She had informed the court that she had changed and was remorseful of her action back then.

Ruth Kamande had been sentenced to death despite the penalty being abolished by the supreme court.

Justice Lessit argued that the court was free to exercise judicial discretion and the punishment was still enshrined in statutes.

“In my view, the discretion to pass a sentence other than death in capital offences should only be exercised in deserving cases. I do not find this a deserving case and I think passing any other sentence than the one prescribed would turn the accused into a hero,” the judge said during Kamande’s sentencing.

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