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Kieni pupil died of suffocation not caning, pathologists say

29 January 2016, 13:43 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A postmortem report of the Class six pupil allegedly caned to death by his teacher at Githungo Primary School in Kieni East has shown that he died of suffocation.

The postmortem conducted Thursday at Nyeri Referral Hospital showed that the death was caused by 'aspiration of food particles leading to asphyxia.'

Asphyxia is a condition that occurs when the body is deprived of oxygen, causing unconsciousness or death.

The four-page report has been signed by three pathologists including Raphael Obiero representing the County Government, Okinyi Fredrick of University of Nairobi representing KNUT and Moses Njue who represented the family.

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The teacher, Isaac Gachoka was accused of canning to death 12-year-old Kelvin Kaguira for being late for class by five minutes early last week.

Kaguira was among five other pupils canned by the teacher.

The headteacher of the school, Joseph Karume had earlier absolved the teacher from any blame saying the boy was suffering from epilepsy.

Karume said the pupil collapsed shortly after their teacher gave him six strokes on the back.

The boy was said to have ran to class before the incident, which might have caused the chocking, pathologists observed.

KNUT Nyeri branch executive, Mutahi Kahiga sympathized with the family and urged them to remain calm.

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