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Four men who gang-raped and robbed a teacher will serve a 30-year jail term instead of facing the hangman, the High Court has ruled.

Four men who gang-raped and robbed a teacher will serve a 30-year jail term instead of facing the hangman, the High Court has ruled.

Tyson Mudola, Clinton Ngonda, Patrick Sahani and Alex Kuya were found guilty of raping and violently robbing the secondary school teacher identified in court papers as ‘SN’.

They robbed her of an HP laptop worth Sh25,000 and Sh2,000.

The teacher was attacked at her home in Emuhaya sub-county on the night of August 6, 2016. 

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Overwhelming evidence

In his judgement, High Court judge William Musyoka said there was overwhelming evidence even after intense cross-examination that the four committed the crime.

During hearing, the court heard that SN was ambushed outside her gate by the defendants minutes after she was dropped by the school van.

They told her they had been sent to kill her. They threatened to chop off her body parts if she dared to scream. She kept her calm throughout the ordeal, hoping they would spare her life.  

Thanks to street lighting, she was able to identify Mr Mudola as the man who supplied meat to her school.

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She also identified the other three assailants. 

Corporal Paul Mutua, who investigated the matter, said condoms were found at the crime scene.  DNA recovered from the condoms implicated the men upon analysis. 

The four had appealed an earlier ruling by Senior Resident Magistrate M.I Nabibya, who had sent them to the gallows.

They have 14 days to challenge the judgement at the Court of Appeal.


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