Kibugi v Republic (Miscellaneous Criminal Application E155 of 2021)  KEHC 13589 (KLR) (29 September 2022) (Ruling)
Neutral citation:  KEHC 13589 (KLR)
Republic of Kenya
Miscellaneous Criminal Application E155 of 2021
GL Nzioka, J
September 29, 2022
Samuel Kinyanjui Kibugi
1.The applicant was charged with the offence of defilement contrary to section 8(1) of the Sexual Offences Act, as read together with section 8(4) thereof. He was also charged with an alternative count of committing an indecent act with a child contrary to seciton 11 (1) of the Act. The particulars of each count are as per the charge sheet.
2.The applicant pleaded not guilty to each count and the case proceeded to full hearing. He was subsequently convicted the offence of defilement contrary to section 8(1) and 8(4) of the Act and sentenced to serve 15 years imprisonment.
3.By a Chamber Summons application dated October 14, 2021, supported by an affidavit of even date, the applicant seeks for orders that, the Hon court do invoke the provisions of section 333(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code, and consider the period he spent in custody and revise the sentence meted out accordingly.
4.He avers that, he was in custody from November 20, 2016 to October 7, 2019. That, this period was not taken into account. However, I realize that, the respondent has not responded to the application. Be that as it were, this in my considered opinions is the kind of application the court may needs to consider whether, the trial court considered the subject provisions of section 333(2) of Criminal Procedure Code or not.
5.Pursuant to the aforesaid, I have considered the record of the trial court of October 5, 2019, wherein the court meted out the impugned sentence. The trial court records reads as follows;-
6.From the aforesaid, the record indicates that, the period in custody was considered. However, in the case of Ahamad Abolfathi Mohammed & Another V Republic,  eKLR the Court of Appeal stated as follows
7.In view of the aforegoing the trial court should have clarified whether in the given circumstances the sentence was to run from the date of pronouncement thereof or from the date the applicant was arraigned in court.
8.In view of the aforesaid, I shall give the applicant, the benefit of doubt and order that, the sentence runs from the date he was committed into remand custody.
9.I noted from the file he was in custody from November 24, 2016 to October 7, 2019. That is a period of about 2 years. The two years shall be deducted from his fifteen (15) years imprisonment, but shall not be subject to remission.For clarity he shall serve a custodial period of thirteen (13) years.It is so ordered.
DATED, DELIVERED AND SIGNED THIS 29TH SEPTEMBER, 2022.GRACE L. NZIOKAJUDGE3/10/2022