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Murder convict sentenced to death

04 January 2013, 14:37 Kelvin Mureithi

A woman who murdered her male friend over a plantation of onions in Marimanti sub location in Meru has been sentenced to death by a Meru court.

Elizabeth Kambura appeared before Meru High court judge Justice Lessit Wanjiku where she was charged with the murder of Boniface Mwangi Maina on November 21st 2010 at 9Pm in his house.

The charges stated that the accused first stabbed the deceased then set his house on fire.

The Judge said the prosecutor had presented adequate evidence before the court and the witnesses confirmed they saw Kambura that night running away after from Mwangi’s house after setting it on fire.

A search conducted later at Kambura’s house revealed there was an empty jerrycan that had the smell of petrol, pointing to the fact that she had used the petrol to set the house ablaze.

According to witnesses, the accused had been heard telling the deceased that she would kill him and at the same day told him to take alcohol to his fill.

The disagreement between Kambura and Mwangi is said to have been caused by a disagreement over the ownership of an onion plantation.

Postmortem examinations conducted on the body of the deceased indicated that he suffered 90 percent burns on the body surface but according to government pathologist, he had been burnt partly while alive.

The pathologist further confirmed that the deceased had injuries on the neck and stab wounds on the left upper trunk caused by a sharp weapon, and ruled out any cases of suicide.

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