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Watch: Man escapes death row, renews wedding vows 27 years later

25 January 2016, 15:20

Nakuru - A 52-year-old man who escaped death row after serving 27 years in prison got married to his childhood flame on Sunday at PCEA Immanuel in Bahati.

Joseph Kinyua, who left his wife Josephine Wanjiru with a two-year-old baby and three-month pregnancy, was already a grandfather by the time he was renewing his vows.

Wanjiru, who was only 21 when her husband was convicted, said she waited for 27 years because of the love she had for her husband.

In a video by Citizen TV, Kinyua revealed that he was sentenced to death for robbery with violence, before his sentence was reduced to life imprisonment.

Read Also: Uhuru invites prisoners he freed on Jamhuri Day to State House

Kinyua, who maintained innocence, is reported to have conducted a Kikuyu traditional wedding before his arrest.

Traditional wedding ceremony, locally known as ngurario which starts long before the wedding day, entails dowry negotiations and payment as well as receiving blessings of the bride and groom’s parents.

He was however, lucky to be granted Presidential pardon in December 2015 after serving 27 years at Kamiti Maximum Prison, only to find that his sons had grown and even borne him several grand children.

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