1.The Accused was charged with murder. He was convicted of a lesser offence of manslaughter after a plea bargain, and the matter is for sentencing.
2.The facts admitted by the accused vide the Plea Agreement signed by the parties are:
3.The Prosecution informed the court there are no previous accused records. However, the information in PBR indicates that the accused had a previous conviction but for a different offense. The Prosecution proposed a ten (10) years sentence, considering the custodial period the accused has been experiencing.
4.However, the defense mitigation is that the accused is a first offender and has been in custody for about 2 ½ years.
5.The facts narrated in court constituting the circumstances of the offense disclose that the victim’s lover attacked the accused. Then the lover continued having sex with the victim, the accused girlfriend. This provoked the accused to the brim. Thus, he attempted to attack Mburu to vent his wrath on the attacker who had hit him with a stone, but because he fled and the accused could not catch up, he vented his anger on the victim, his girlfriend inflicting fatal injuries with a panga.
6.On that background, the defense seeks the court to award the accused four (4) years less the span he has been in custody (2 ½ years).
7.Sentencing aims for deterrence, rehabilitation, and retribution. The accused had time to lower or cool off when he fetched a panga to sort out Mburu.
8.The accused had even chased attacker Mburu for a distance before he could return and vent his anger upon his girlfriend herein.
9.The extent of the accused’s injury inflicted by a stone attack by Mburu has not been proved by document or otherwise. The period between an attack by Mburu, fetching panga chasing Mburu (attacker), and return to the scene where Mburu had a sex act with the accused girlfriend is not established. It is not undisputed that the accused had some time to cool his passions before attacking the victim. He seems to have substituted the target of anger, from Mburu to the victim. The live sexual act he beheld between the victim (girlfriend) and Mburu, the attacker, could have struck him to the core and aggravated the emotions above the pain of the attack he had been subjected to. The court has discerned the entire circumstances of the incident as captured above and the facts stated herein.
10.The PBR report dated 25/2/2021 showed that the accused had a case of handling stolen goods pending by the time of arrest but no record of its result; thus, the court treats him as a first offender.
11.In sum, the court finds that given the instant case's circumstance, the court finds that accused deserved a custodial sentence taking to account the period he has been in custody and the fact that he is a first offender and has admitted the offense, saving court time. I agree with the prosecution that he ought to have served ten (10) years or thereabout, but given the custodial period he has been in prison and the circumstances of this case, I make the following orders
i. I sentence him to seven (7) years from the date of this ruling 1st August 2023.