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|Case Number:||Criminal AppEAL 6 of 94|
|Parties:||Flora Cherubet Talam v Republic|
|Date Delivered:||25 Sep 1997|
|Court:||Court of Appeal at Nakuru|
|Judge(s):||Johnson Evan Gicheru, Amrittal Bhagwanji Shah, Samuel Elikana Ondari Bosire|
|Citation:||Flora Cherubet Talam v Republic eKLR|
|Case History:||Appeal from a Sentence of the High Court of Kenya at Eldoret (Justice Aganyanya) dated 7th April, 1992 in H.C.CR.C. NO. 24 OF 1992|
|Parties Profile:||Individual v Government|
|History Docket No:||H.C.CR.C. NO. 24 OF 1992|
|History Judges:||Daniel Kennedy Sultani Aganyanya|
|History County:||Uasin Gishu|
|Case Outcome:||Appeal allowed|
|Disclaimer:||The information contained in the above segment is not part of the judicial opinion delivered by the Court. The metadata has been prepared by Kenya Law as a guide in understanding the subject of the judicial opinion. Kenya Law makes no warranties as to the comprehensiveness or accuracy of the information|
REPUBLIC OF KENYA
IN THE COURT OF APPEAL
(CORAM: GICHERU, SHAH, JJ.A. & BOSIRE, AG.J.A.)
CRIMINAL APPEAL NO. 6 OF 1994
FLORA CHERUBET TALAM ....................... APPELLANT
REPUBLIC .............................................. RESPONDENT
(Appeal from a Sentence of the High Court of Kenya at Eldoret
(Justice Aganyanya) dated 7th April, 1992
H.C.CR.C. NO. 24 OF 1992)
JUDGMENT OF THE COURT
The appellant was married when she was 15 years old to one Talam and had a difficult marriage relationship with him.
Together with her husband they had five children of the marriage. Because of the difficult marriage relationship which resulted in various fights and her frequent returning to her father's home or friends to seek refuge, she on the 4th April, 1990 after a fight with her husband decided to leave him. She on that day therefore took all her five children in the hope of going to seek refuge elsewhere. As she crossed a nearby river with her five children she was overwhelmed by emotions on recalling how often she had crossed that river as a result of frequent quarrels with her husband who seemed no longer to have any need for her and the children. As a result she tied all the five children with a "leso" and dropped them into the river and she too attempted to drown herself but survived. The five children, however, did not survive but died of asphyxia due to drowning. When the appellant was arraigned in the superior Court for the offence of manslaughter she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. It is against that sentence that she now appeals to this Court. She tell us that she is now 30 years old and has served over 5 years of her term of imprisonment besides having been previously in custody since 5th April, 1990. In the circumstances attendant to the commission of the offence for which she was convicted and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment together with her long period of incarceration, we think that the sentence of 10 years imprisonment was slightly on the higher side. We in the circumstances allow her appeal against sentence and reduce the same to a term that will lead to her immediate release from custody unless otherwise lawfully held.
Dated and delivered at Nakuru this 25th day of September, 1997.
JUDGE OF APPEAL
JUDGE OF APPEAL
AG. JUDGE OF APPEAL
I certify that this is a true copy of the original.