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|Case Number:||Miscellaneous Criminal Application 131 of 2018|
|Parties:||Joram Theuri Githaiga v Republic|
|Date Delivered:||21 Feb 2019|
|Court:||High Court at Meru|
|Citation:||Joram Theuri Githaiga v Republic  eKLR|
|Case History:||Intended Appeal from the conviction and sentence on the SRM’S Court at Meru In Crim. Case No. 1824 of 2014|
|History Docket No:||Crim. Case No. 1824 of 2014|
|Disclaimer:||The information contained in the above segment is not part of the judicial opinion delivered by the Court. The metadata has been prepared by Kenya Law as a guide in understanding the subject of the judicial opinion. Kenya Law makes no warranties as to the comprehensiveness or accuracy of the information|
REPUBLIC OF KENYA
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KENYA AT MERU
MISC. CRIM. APPLN NO. 131 OF 2018
JORAM THEURI GITHAIGA...........APPLICANT
(Intended Appeal from the conviction and sentence on the SRM’S Court at Meru In Crim. Case No. 1824 of 2014)
R U L I N G
1. Joram Theuri Githaiga (“the applicant”) was arraigned before the Meru Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court charged with the offence of robbery with violence contrary to section 296 (2) of the Penal Code. He denied the offence, was tried and convicted accordingly. He was subsequently sentenced to suffer death.
2. The applicant has now taken out a Motion on Notice under section 349 of the Criminal Procedure Code for leave to appeal out of time. The Motion was supported by the applicant’s own affidavit sworn on 22nd November, 2018. The grounds are that after conviction and sentence, he duly filed an appeal against the said decision but due to some anomaly, his appeal cannot be located at the registry.
3. The application was not opposed by the Director of Public Prosecutions when it came up for hearing on 17th December, 2018.
4. I have considered the deposition of the applicant. The applicant faces the ultimate sentence, death. It is alleged that the decision sought to be appealed against was delivered on 9th October, 2018. The applicant has alleged that he lodged his appeal within time but due to an error, the same cannot be traced. He has sought leave to file a fresh one.
5. To my mind, the fact that there is an allegation that the applicant had earlier on complied with the law but for some error, coupled with the fact that the present Motion has been brought timeously, together with the extreme sentence metted out on him, it is only just and fair that the applicant be given another chance to test the decision he is aggrieved with.
6. Accordingly, I find the application to be meritorious and I allow the same. Let the Petition of Appeal be filed within 14 days of today’s date.
It is so ordered.
DATED and DELIVERED at Meru this 21st day of February, 2019.