1.The applicant herein was tried and convicted of the offence of robbery with violence contrary to section 295 as read with section 296(2) of the Penal Code cap 63 (Laws of Kenya). He was sentenced to five (5) years imprisonment.
2.On December 8, 2021, he filed this application on review of sentence pursuant to section 333(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code. In his said application that was supported by his Affidavit, he averred that the Trial Court did not consider the period of one (1) year six (6) months he spent in custody during trial. He cited the case of Ahamad Albofathi Mohammed & another v Republic  eKLR where the court held that sentence ought to run from the date of arrest. He told this court that he was arrested on June 9, 2018 and convicted on December 19, 2019 and thus urged this court to grant him the orders he had sought.
3.In his Written Submissions that were dated and filed on September 15, 2022, he pleaded with court to consider that he was arrested at the age of thirty nine (39) years and that he had been in custody for a period of three (3) years. He stated that before his incarceration, he was the sole breadwinner in his family which was now overwhelmed with the burden of eking a living and being single handedly parented by his wife.
4.He stated that he was a first offender and that he had learnt his lesson. He asked this court to exercise leniency and give him a second chance in life. He asserted that during his incarceration, he had maintained high discipline and that he had engaged in transformative programmes and acquired religious skills and was issued with a Diploma from AFCM International Training Centre Africa. He added that he was undergoing additional trainings in farming techniques while awaiting the verdict of the present application.
5.The respondent was not opposed to his application.
6.As seen hereinabove, the applicant’s application was based on Section 333(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code cap 75 (Laws of Kenya). The said Section provides that:
7.This duty is also contained in the Judiciary Sentencing Policy Guidelines (under clauses 7.10 and 7.11) where it is provided that: -
9.A perusal of the trial court’s records showed that theapplicant was arrested on June 11, 2018. He was convicted on December 19, 2019. He does not appear to have been come out on bond/bail. He thus spent about one (1) year and six (6) months in custody before he was convicted.
10.A further reading of the trial court’s Judgment showed that it did not take into consideration the time he spent in remand before conviction and sentencing. This court was therefore convinced that this was a suitable case for it to exercise its discretion and grant the orders sought.
11.Taking into account the remission of a third of his sentence, he is expected to complete his sentence on April 19, 2023. Considering the period of one (1) years six (6) months that he spent in custody before his conviction into account, it is clear that he has since completed his sentence
12.For the foregoing reasons, the upshot of this court’s decision was that the Applicant’s application for review filed on December 8, 2021was merited and the same be and is hereby allowed.
13.It is hereby ordered that the time theapplicant spent in custody during trial be and is taken into consideration when computing his sentence as provided in Section 333(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code cap 75 (Laws of Kenya).
14.As theapplicant has since completed his sentence, it is hereby directed he be and is hereby set free and released from custody forthwith unless he be held for any other lawful cause.
15.It is so ordered.