1.On 10th March 2023 Samuel Muiruri Muigai was convicted by this Court of the offence of murder. Having convicted him this Court now shall determine the sentence the convict shall serve.
2.The convict was convicted of murdering his brother in law. The incriminating evidence against the convict was adduced by his close family members. That evidence is indeed sad and also sordid. The convict lived with his widowed mother together with other siblings.
3.On material day the convict as he often did was abusing his mother. As he did so, he was shouting vulgar abusive words with sexual overtone. The convict’s sister, Ruth and her husband, the deceased, and their two children had visited that homestead. The other sister of the convict, namely, Grace questioned the accused why he was abusing their mother. The convict respondent by attempting to cut Grace with a “panga” which he had in his hand. The deceased requested the convict not to fight. This Court by its judgment set out how the convict respondent to the deceased, thus:-
4.The prosecution’s evidence revealed that the convict was feared by members of his family due to his violent outbursts, such as the one which occurred on the day in question. It is because of that fear that the family members that were present when the convict attacked the deceased ran into the house and locked themselves in that house. It was through the window of that house they observed the convict dragging the deceased, after striking him with an axe. The family members only got out of the house when the Chief and Police Officers came into the homestead.
5.The convict has no previous convictions. His learned counsel Mr. Juma, in mitigation stated that the convict was remorseful and he sought that he be given a Lenient sentence.
6.I have considered those mitigation. The principles of sentencing are deterrence, and rehabilitation denunciation. In my view while considering the appropriate sentence of the convict a greater weight ought to be the denunciation of the crime the convict was convicted of and deterrence. The convict murdered his brother in-law in cold blood. He had no compassion for life as he struck the deceased with an axe. The fact that the genesis of what led to the death of the deceased was the convict’s abuse of his mother speaks of his character and moral blame worthiness. In my view whatever sentence this Court will order the convict to serve will not make the pain of the family of the deceased any less. In determining the fit sentence, I will be guided by the holding of a Canadian case, namely R v Person2002 NBQB218 (CANL11) as follows:-
7.Samuel Muiruri Muigai is hereby sentenced to prison sentence of 60 (sixty) years for the murder of Thomas Njoroge (deceased). The prison authority shall give Samuel Muiruri Muigai credit of 6 (six) years to that sentence being the period he was remanded in custody while his trial progressed.