Man to serve three years for killing friend over wife

A man who pleaded guilty to killing his friend for having an affair with his wife has been sentenced to serve a three-year probation.

High Court judge Jesse Njagi ruled the three years he had been in custody was sufficient punishment and that he had learnt his lesson.

Sylvester Muthani Abukhasia was initially charged with killing Wilson Luvonga Lichina on April 22, 2016, at their Lusumu village in Kakamega North District.

However, the charge was reduced to manslaughter after the court was told Luvonga was the aggressor.

Plea-bargain

Abukhasia pleaded guilty to manslaughter after a successful plea-bargain agreement with the State.

The court was told that the two were good friends and that on the material day, Luvonga had escorted Abukhasia to his church for night prayers at around 8pm.

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On returning home later in the night, the father of one was surprised to find his friend in bed with his wife.

The court heard that Luvonga was armed with a machete but he was overpowered and instead received a cut in the head. 

People who were attracted by the commotion rushed Luvonga to Shamberere Health Centre but he died while undergoing treatment.

Remorseful

Through lawyer Oscar Munyendo, the accused, in mitigation, said he was remorseful and that he acted under extreme provocation.

He submitted that he was a young man with a young family, adding that he was a first time offender.

Justice Njagi stated that a pre-sentencing report by the probation office, which recommended for a non-custodial sentence, was favourable to the accused.

He ordered Kakamega Probation Office to supervise the sentence.

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