British geologist killers to spend 40 years in prison
18 December 2014, 15:11
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.
Also read: Tobiko concerned over unresolved murders
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.
For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.