A 22 year old man has been sentenced to serve 50 years imprisonment by Narok High court after he was found guilty of killing his neighbor whom he suspected to have had an affair with his wife.
Justice Justus Bwonong’a found Bernard Langat guilty after four witnesses gave consistence evidence that proved the accused indeed killed Wesley Koskei, 25, by stabbing him severally on November 20, 2016 at Kuto Village in Narok West Sub County.
According to Winne Chepkorir, who witnessed the incident, the culprit was drunk at the time he stabbed the deceased in the neck and left back.
Chepkorir said Koskei was pronounced dead on arrival to Longisa Level Four hospital in Bomet where he was rushed by neighbours and family.
However, Langat in his defense through his lawyer Ms. Irene Nchoe said the act was prompted by an SMS message that he had received from the deceased threatening to kill him over allegations that he wanted to take his wife.
Ms. Nchoe pleaded for leniency saying Langat was a first offender and that he was remorseful.
He is a young man who is willing to change. He has a wife with no child, so I plead with the court to be lenient with him as he has proved to be remorseful, said Ms. Nchoe.
While giving the sentence, Judge Bwongong’a said he had taken into consideration the mitigation but the crime he committed of inflicting painful wounds on the deceased was a capital offense and attracted long term imprisonment.
He therefore sentenced Langat to 50 years imprisonment and ordered that he should serve a minimum of 20 years imprisonment before he qualifies for Presidential Pardon.
This comes only a day after a Narok Magistrate court sentenced a 29 year old man to serve 30 years imprisonment for defiling a minor and infecting her with HIV/Aids.
Source: Kenya News Agency