Man jailed for 15 years for killing elder brother over Sh20 debt

A 25-year-old man will spend the next 15 years behind bars after he was found guilty of killing his brother over a Sh20 debt.

Cyrus Nyenzo (pictured) was convicted for killing Erick Muyeshi on August 31, 2014 at Malimili village in Kakamega East.

The court was told that the two had an argument over Sh20 that Mr Munyeshi owed his younger brother, Nyenzo.

On the day the killing took place, the accused is said to have demanded to be paid his money, but Muyeshi was non-committal on the matter.

A confrontation ensued which saw Nyenzo pick a machete and cut his brother several times on the head and neck. The accused sustained mild cut injuries on his face, head and hands.

The two were rushed to Kakamega County General Hospital where Munyeshi was pronounced dead on arrival.

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High Court Judge Jesse Njagi observed that testimonies of five witnesses were corroborative and consistent.

He, however, noted that although the offence attracts a maximum penalty of death, the accused was a young man who did not have a family of his own, had been in custody since 2014 and was remorseful for the crime.

He granted Nyenzo 14 days to lodge an appeal.

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