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Policemen jailed 7 years for killing Kwale girl

15 February 2016, 15:51

Nairobi - Two police officers have been jailed for seven years each for killing 14-year-old schoolgirl Kwekwe Mwandaza. Last week, the High Court in Mombasa had found the officers guilty of manslaughter.

The two, according to the Daily Nation Inspector Veronica Gitahi and Police Constable Issah Mzee, have, however, indicated that they will appeal against the sentence.

Mwandaza was killed on August 22, 2014 in Kinango, Kwale County.

Immediately after the ruling, Ms Umazi Kwekwe, the mother of the slain girl, collapsed and was rushed to hospital. She earlier broke into tears, saying the sentence was lenient.

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According to Capital News, Last Wednesday, Justice Martin Muya said the offence of murder against the two officers had not been proved.

“I am satisfied the two accused were recklessly negligent in shooting in darkness,” said Justice Muya.

He added that it was not demonstrated that the two officers made any efforts to prevent the shooting.

The judge said that if, as claimed, the girl had swung a panga, she could have been shot at on the hand to disarm her.

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