Man handed 30 years imprisonment for murdering neighbor’s daughter aged 10

A man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after he was found guilty of strangling to death his neighbour's 10-year-old daughter.

High Court Judge William Musyoka found Henry Malanda Mukabi guilty of murdering Doris Achieng’ on July 9, 2012, at Sunrise Village in Emuhaya, Vihiga County.

Malanda lured Achieng’ into a maize plantation. He promised to give her raw maize to go roast at her home.

Achieng’, who was on her way home with friends, was returning from a posho mill.

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A 12-year-old who gave a sworn testimony said they found the accused cutting nappier grass.

She said Malanda, who was their neighbour, called Achieng' and both entered the maize plantation, leaving her to wait by the road.

 Shortly after, the girl said she heard Achieng’ cry for help.

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She ran to their home and informed Achieng’s elder sister.

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Joyce Orengo, Achieng's mother, said they searched for her daughter the whole evening and night, but never found her.

They later recovered a bucket Achieng’ had been carrying maize flour in at Malanda’s house before stumbling on her lifeless body behind his house.

Malanda had disappeared by the time Achieng's body was found.

Phillip Kawarom, the doctor who conducted the postmortem examination, said Achieng' was strangled to death.

Justice Musyoka said Malanda’s was a case of single eye-witness. A juvenile recognised rather than identify him.

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“I am fully satisfied that it is only the accused who has the key for unlocking the mystery surrounding the deceased’s death. I find there was malice aforethought since he knew his actions of strangling the deceased would cause death or grievous harm,” said Musyoka.

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