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British geologist killers to spend 40 years in prison

18 December 2014, 15:11 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Four men convicted of the murder of a British geologist in Taita Taveta County have been sentenced to serve 40 years in prison by a Mombasa court.

Mohamaed Kokane, Alfred Njuruka, Samwel Mwaghanaia, and James Mwita were found guilty of the murder of Campbell Bridges.

While delivering the judgment, Justice Maureen Odero said the court considered that the convicts had committed a serious offence hence the sentence.

“I hereby sentence you to 40 years in prison and you have a right t appeal the decision," said Odero.

 The defense had pleaded with the court to be lenient to the convicts.

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In their mitigation the defense said that the convicts had families that depended on them for survival.

Bridges was a geologist in Taita Taveta since 1974, where he established two mining companies, Bridges Exploration Company and first green Garnet Company.

The locals in the area also developed an interest in mining and set up some companies in order to mine and sell the gemstones.

Later a dispute erupted between the locals and the deceased over the mining rights notably in the Masui ranch and Mukuki ranches, which resulted to the death of Bridges in the afternoon of August 11, 2009.

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