Crime of passion: Langata beauty queen to be sentenced

Lester Mason
July 23, 2018

Ruth Kamande, the Lang'ata Women's Prison inmate who was found guilty of killing her boyfriend in 2015, has been sentenced to death by the High Court.

She also said that Ruth had been admitted at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) for a course in Information Technology, but her education was discontinued.

Kamende has been in custody since 2015.

The human rights group described the sentence as cruel and inhumane adding that it was retrogressive. "This sentence is a blow to Kenya's progressive record in commuting death sentences to terms of imprisonment", the statement by Executive Director Irungu Houghton said.

On Thursday, Justice Lesiit ruled that Kamande's actions proved malice, therefore, warranting the death sentence prescribed for the capital offence of murder.

She said she was not remorseful and that she stabbed her boyfriend 25 times.

"I want young people to know that it is not cool to kill your boyfriend or girlfriend instead it is cool to walk away from a relationship when it breaks down".

The judge also that Ms Kamande had not shown remorse and killed with a goal of inflicting pain.

However, the death sentence remains on the statute books.

The victim's family insisted the sentence matched the crime.

Kamande's lawyer Joyner Okonjo said she would appeal the sentence.

While she was handed the death sentenced, the beauty will spend the rest of her life in jail and is not likely to face the hangman's nose since Kenya has not carried out any executions since 1987 when Hezekiah Ochuka and Pancras Oteyo Okumu were hanged for treason.

The prison beauty queen had defended herself by telling the court that she had discovered that her boyfriend was undergoing HIV treatment and threatened her when she confronted him over the matter.

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