Gatonye v Republic (Criminal Revision E113 of 2021)  KEHC 1371 (KLR) (Crim) (23 February 2023) (Ruling)
Neutral citation:  KEHC 1371 (KLR)
Republic of Kenya
Criminal Revision E113 of 2021
JM Bwonwong'a, J
February 23, 2023
Richard Gathiri Gatonye
1.The applicant was charged with the offence of murder contrary to section 203 as read with section 204 of the Penal Code (cap 63) Laws of Kenya.
2.He was convicted for the offence of manslaughter and sentenced to serve twenty (20) years imprisonment on August 22, 2013. He filed the present application seeking resentencing under the provisions of section 333 (2) of the Criminal Procedure Code (cap 75) Laws of Kenya.
3.The grounds raised in support of the application are that the trial court failed to take into account the 5 years and 2 months spent in pre-trial remand custody.
4.He urged the court to be guided by the judiciary sentencing guidelines and reduce his sentence.
The applicant’s written submissions
5.The applicant submitted that the sentence of 20 years, he is currently serving should commence from the date of his arrest.
The respondent’s written submissions
6.Mr Mutuma, learned counsel, for the respondent submitted that the court should take into account that a life was lost due to the applicant’s actions. Further, the aggravating circumstances ought to be considered.
Issues for determination
7.I have considered the application, the mitigation and the respondent's submissions.
8.I find that the issue that arises for determination is whether this court has jurisdiction to entertain and determine the application.
Analysis and determination
9.The applicant seeks re-sentencing of the 20-year imprisonment term imposed by the trial court (P Mwilu, J, as then was). The applicant stated that he spent 5 years and 2 months in the pre-trial remand custody.
10.I find that the sentence of 20 years was handed down by this court (P Mwilu, J, as then was).
11.I further find that the applicant has not cited any statutory law that enabled him to re-open this case. My research in this regard found no such enabling statutory law. Instead my research found that the applicable law is in the decision of this court ((J M Bwonwong’a, J) in Misc Criminal Application no E138 OF 2022 Lucy Wangare Muhia v Attorney General & 2 Others, Nairobi High Court Misc Criminal Application no E138 OF 2022, in which this court pronounced itself as follows:
12.Based on the foregoing, I find that this court is functus officio and lacks jurisdiction to entertain and determine this application.
13.In the premises, the application fails and is hereby struck out for being incompetent.
RULING SIGNED, DATED AND DELIVERED IN OPEN COURT AT NAIROBI THIS 23RD DAY OF FEBRUARY 2023.J M BWONWONG’AJUDGEIn the presence of-Mr Kinyua: Court AssistantThe applicant in person.Ms Edna Ntabo for the respondent.