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Nyeri man pleads guilty to manslaughter

27 March 2012, 10:52 Kelvin Wanjohi

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A 39-yearold father of three who was initially charged with murder in a Nyeri court today pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Joseph Wamae Wangara, a farmer from Githwang’a Village in Muranga South district was initially charged that he killed his older brother, Patrick Ngang’a Wanyeki on September 2, 2010 at his home.

Wamae first denied the murder charges on September 30 2010 and the case has been going on at the High Court in Nyeri since.

It emerged today that his lawyer, Lucy Mwai on November 9 last year pre-bargained the charges leading to reduction of the charge to manslaughter, a decision that was filed in court on February 23.

The Provincial State Counsel, Job Kaigai he told the court that on the day of committing the crime, the accused arrived at his home while drunk.

Kaigai continued to say that after the arrival, the accused started quarrelling withv his wife something which attracted the Wamae’s brother to intervene.

As the deceased was trying to calm down the situation, the accused picked a jembe and “with a lot of force hit his brother on head killing him instantly”.

The counsel also told the court that there was a soar relationship between the two brothers following an earlier incident where the deceased had caught his brother red-handed committing adultery with another woman in his shamba, an incident that the deceased reported to the woman’s husband.

The court was also told that there were constant quarrels between the two siblings especially when the accused got drunk.

In mitigation the accused told Justice James Wakianga that his brother provoked him when he was disciplining his wife and that he could not recall everything that happened because he was drunk.

The accused will get his sentence on July 4.

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