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Chuka man guilty of murder wins judge’s leniency, but not the way he wanted it

Mugo, who is the breadwinner for his wife and two children, was uncharacteristically frank in the trial, interspersing his testimony with appeals to Justice Alfred Mabeya to be lenient to him, since it was the deceased who led him into the act.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 24 Jun 2016 11:20 EAT

A 52-year old man stunned a Chuka court by his graphic details about how he stabbed a bartender to death over a dispute on pocket change.

Abdul Aziz Mugo, from Rukindu Village, Karringani Location in Chuka Igambangombe, pleaded guilty to killing Josphine Nkirote Mworia, who worked at Munyaka Bar, on September 3, 2012, after the deceased handed him less change than he expected after paying for beer he and his friend had taken at the joint.

“She gave me less change and when I complained, she began accusing me of stealing bottles from the bar which irritated me to the fight,” Mugo said. He described that, after the altercation, he went out and bought a knife at Sh40, which he used to kill Josephine.

Mugo, who is the breadwinner for his wife and two children, was uncharacteristically frank in the trial, interspersing his testimony with appeals to Justice Alfred Mabeya to be lenient to him, since it was the deceased who led him into the act.

“She led me into the act because if she had not placed allegations on me, I would not have bought the knife that I used to stab her to death,” he explained.

Mugo’s pleadings persuaded Justice Mabeya, who was lenient enough to hand him a 40-year jail term instead of life imprisonment. “I have considered the mitigation of the accused and I have also taken into account that the sentence for the offence committed is life imprisonment. Being a first offender and noting that life was lost in the hands of the accused, I sentence him to 40 years imprisonment,” Mabeya said.

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