Death row son blames Tett of negligence
24 March 2014, 23:08
Nairobi - A foster son of former MP Betty Tett, serving a death
sentence has blamed the politician and her husband for his conviction claiming
that he was treated as a black sheep in the family.
David William Tett who has lodged an appeal seeking his
release on bail told the High Court in Nairobi that the reason for his arrest,
fabrication of evidence, and subsequent conviction by a
magistrate, arose solely from a petty family feud between him
and the family.
“It is the accused contention that his parents view
him as a black sheep of the family and a failure .The criminal
proceedings are a way of seeking revenge and malice,” his
lawyer John Swaka said.
Former Nairobi magistrate Kiarie Waweru Kiarie, now
judge handed the death penalty to David after he found him guilty of
robbing his father at gun point in June 28, 2013.
But David, claims that there is a possibility
that the case was manufactured by three other children of Mrs Tett and
William Mulready Tett, who have an interest in portraying him in bad
light so as to prevent him from getting family land.
David whose case was before judges Msagha Mbogholi and Lydia
Achode argued that the case was manufactured because
the witnesses were from the family of Mrs Tett and Mulready including
David has also asked court to release him on bail pending
the determination of his appeal because he is suffering from diabetes. He says
the medical facilities in prison are inadequate for him.
But the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has
opposed the release of William on bail pending his appeal.
The prosecution lawyer Victor Kabaka also dismissed the
claims by David that his conviction was based on family feud.
Kabaka added that the David’s defence was considered by the
trial court and rejected for lack of credibility. He was also found to be a
pathological liar, he told the court.
The court will on May 13 decide if David will be released on
bail pending appeal.
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