1.The applicant, Chrispine Otieno Miere, filed a Notice of Motion application herein on November 12, 2020. It is a revision application brought under both section 362 and 333(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code. It seeks that the period the applicant spent in remand custody be accounted for in his sentence. In the affidavit in support of the application, the applicant has deponed that he had remained in custody for 2 years from February 2017 till March 4, 2019.
2.The prosecution in its short response only stated they had no objection if indeed the court had not accounted for such period.
4.The above provision declares the jurisdiction of this court of revision of such orders or findings of the subordinate courts.
6.I have perused the record of proceedings herein. The applicant was charged with Defilement of a child contrary to section 8(1) as read with section 8(4) of the Sexual Offences Act, No 3 of 2006. He faced an alternative charge of Indecent Act with a child contrary to section 11(1) of the Sexual Offences Act, No 3 of 2006. He was first arraigned before court on February 16, 2017. the applicant was convicted of the main charge whose sentence at section 8(4) of the Act is a term of not less than 15 years.
7.I have further considered the sentence proceedings of March 4, 2019. In the proceedings, the Honourable trial magistrate noted;
8.In the above sentence, whereas the learned trial magistrate noted that period spent in custody had been taken into account, the court nonetheless proceed to mete out the maximum sentence. It ought to have given account of the 2 years spent in remand custody pursuant to section 333(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code.
9.It is for this reason that I find merit in the application of the applicant filed herein on November 12, 2020. I accordingly revise the sentence of the applicant. The applicant is ordered to serve 15 years imprisonment as ordered by the trial court. This sentence shall run from the date the applicant was first arraigned in court on February 16, 2017 pursuant to section 333(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code. It is so ordered.