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Man to hang for killing his friend over Sh20 debt in Voi

By Kamau Muthoni | January 11th 2017

A man who killed his friend over a Sh20 debt was yesterday sentenced to death.

The court condemned Wisdom Mwashindo to hang after finding him guilty of murdering John Ngao on February 25, 2013.

Mwashindo alias Mwanzia and his associates pursued Ngao to a forest in Voi where they cut off his head, chopped off three fingers on his right hand and set him on fire.

On the fateful day at 3pm, Mwashindo left his home for a local bar armed with a knife he planned to use to force the deceased to pay back his money.

Ngao was not amused with Mwashindo's action and a scuffle ensured, according to testimonies presented in court. However, they were separated by those who were at the same bar.

When Ngao left the bar at Cannan centre, Mwashindo followed him but this time, he had reinforcement.

The court heard Mwashindo went back to the shopping centre to buy paraffin. He did not find any and bought a mosquito net High Court judge Jacqueline Kamau said must have been used to fan the fire.

Justice Kamau, while delivering the sentence, said Mwashindo had to pay for the heinous act carried out on his friend.

"The murder was most foul. Having come to that conclusion, I find that my hands are tied by the law as there is only one sentence mandated by the law for the offence of murder," Justice Kamau said.

She added: "I have no option but hereby sentence the accused person, Wisdom Mwashindo alias Mwanzia to the one sentence that is prescribed by the Penal Code that is to death."

"I have also noted that the accused person was not alone when the heinous act was committed on the deceased and others escaped before being arrested. It is unfortunate that others who participated in the murder have remained scot-free, leaving the accused person to carry his cross and that of others."

The judge was incensed that Mwashindo and his associates had to take away a life because of such a small amount of money.

She said Mwashindo could have received a lesser sentence had he mistakenly hit or even shoved off the deceased out of drunkenness.

In his defence, Mwashindo told the court he was not at the scene of crime. He claims the slain man actually fought with another man he only identified as Mwamburi, and that he was the peace maker.

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