1.The Applicant herein was jointly charged with others on two (2) Counts and an alternative charge. Count I was in respect of the offence of defilement contrary to Section 8(1) as read with Section 8 (2) of the Sexual Offences Act No 3 of 2006. Count II was in respect of the offence of deliberated transmission of life threatening sexual offence contrary to Section 26(1)(a) of the Sexual Offence Act. He was also charged with an alternative charge of the offence of committing an indecent act with a child contrary to Section 11 (a) of the Sexual Offences Act. He was acquitted on both Counts but was convicted on the alternative charge and sentenced to ten (10) years imprisonment.
2.On 4th January 2022, he filed a Notice of Motion application seeking to have the period that he stayed in custody while the trial was ongoing taken into account as part of the sentence that he had already served pursuant to Section 333(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code.
3.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 that he spent in custody while sentencing him. He pointed out that his sentence ought to have run from 28th July 2017 which was the date of his conviction. It was his assertion that the omission by the Trial Court to consider this period contravened his right to fair trial under Article 25 (2) of the Constitution.
4.He cited the case of Ahamad Albofathi Mohammed & Another vs Republic  eKLR where the court held that sentence ought to run from the date of arrest. He thus urged this court to grant him the orders he had sought.
5.He did not file Written Submissions to support his prayer. The Respondent was not opposed to the said application and did not therefore file any Written Submissions.
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: -
8.The duty to take into account the period an accused person had remained in custody before sentencing pursuant to Section 333(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code was restated by the Court of Appeal in the case of Ahamad Abolfathi Mohammed & Another vs Republic (Supra).
9.The Applicant was arrested on 9th December 2016. He was convicted and sentenced on 28th July 2017. Although he was granted bail, he did not appear to have come out on bond/bail while his trial was going on. He thus spent seven (7) months and eighteen (18) days in custody before he was sentenced and not one (1) year as he had contended.
10.A reading of the Trial Court’s Sentence 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.For the foregoing reasons, the upshot of this court’s decision was that the Applicant’s Notice of Motion application that was dated 25th May 2023 and filed on 9th June 2023 was merited and the same be and is hereby allowed.
12.Taking into account the time the Applicant spent in custody between 9th December 2016 and 27th July 2017 as the trial was ongoing as provided in Section 333(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code Cap 75 (Laws of Kenya), it is evident that he has since completed his sentence. It is hereby directed that the Applicant be and is hereby released from custody forthwith unless he be held for any other lawful cause.
13.It is so ordered.