Man to hang for killing son

October 9, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 9 – A middle aged man has been sentenced to death after he admitted to killing his nine-year-old son in 2005.

High Court judge Jessie Lessit sentenced Francis Mbogo Mbugua to death by hanging after he admitted that he murdered his son Jadia Wambugu at Nairobi’s Bahati Estate on April 26.

Justice Lessit called the crime murder most foul saying “there is nothing difficult for a father admitting that he killed his own child and dismembered the body when he was in proper mind and in full control of his senses.”

“Considering your mitigation that you did not intend to kill the child, this court is bound by the law and I hereby sentence you to death,” she ruled.

State prosecutor Joseph Gikonyo told the court that the accused was examined by a Dr. Kamau at the Kenyatta National Hospital, who found that he was in control of his behaviour and aware of his own actions. The doctor recommended rehabilitation and psychotherapy.

He told the court that the accused is a businessman, who was living in Bahati with his estranged wife Lydia Wanjiku since 1994 and later separated in April 2005.

Mr Gikonyo explained that after the couple separated, the child went to live with the accused’s sister in Thika and hardly three weeks later, the accused took the child and lived with him prior to killing him.

The court heard that a passer-by, Michael Macharia was attracted by a strong foul smell and informed the area chief who together with police officers proceeded to Mr Wambugu’s house and found the body of the deceased wrapped in a bed sheet, with a panga lying beside it.

Mr Wambugu was arraigned in court on August 4, 2005 charged with the offence of murder and pleaded guilty, but the court was hesitant to sentence him and ordered that he undergoes several psychiatric tests to find out whether his mental status was sound at the time he committed the crime.

Meanwhile, the High Court has extended orders barring the Government from demolishing old structures in Kibera’s Soweto Estate.

Justice Roselyn Wendoh extended orders in a case in which 84 landlords are seeking compensation before their structures are demolished.

The judge directed the Attorney -General to file and serve his replying affidavit and the matter to be mentioned on November 30, to confirm compliance, after which the file will be forwarded to the Chief Justice Evan Gicheru so that he can appoint a bench to hear the case.


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