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|Case Number:||Criminal Appeal 54 Of 2011|
|Parties:||Joseph Nzonga Kavoi v Republic Of Kenya|
|Date Delivered:||17 Oct 2013|
|Court:||High Court at Busia|
|Judge(s):||Stephen Murigi Kibunja|
|Citation:||Joseph Nzonga Kavoi v Republic Of Kenya  eKLR|
|Case History:||BEING AN APPEAL ON CONVICTION AND SENTENCE FROM ORIGINAL CRIMINAL CASE NO 1316 OF 2010 IN BUSIA LAW COURTS|
|History Docket No:||1316 OF 2010|
|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 HIGH COURT OF KENYA AT BUSIA
CRIMINAL APPEAL NO.54 OF 2011
JOSEPH NZONGA KAVOI….…………………………………………….………………APPELLANT
REPUBLIC OF KENYA………………………………………………………………………RESPONDENT
(BEING AN APPEAL ON CONVICTION AND SENTENCE FROM ORIGINAL CRIMINAL CASE NO 1316 OF 2010 IN BUSIA LAW COURTS).
The Appellant was charged with the offence of defilement of a girl contrary to section 8(1) (3) of the Sexual offences Act no 3 of 2006 in that on diverse dates between 20th and 25th August 2010, at [particulars withheld], intentionally and unlawfully caused his penis to penetrate to vagina of M A, a child aged 15 years. He also faced an alternative charge of indecent act contrary to section 11(1) of the Sexual offences Act as read with Miscellaneous amendment bill no 6 of 2009.
The Prosecution called a total of seven witnesses in support of the charge before closing their case. The court then made a ruling of a case to answer against the Appellant who was placed on his defence, and after explaining the provisions of Section 211 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the Appellant opted not to offer any defence. The learned trial Magistrate then proceeded to prepare her judgment which was delivered on 2nd June 2011, in which the Appellant was found guilty on the main charge. The Prosecutor then informed the court that the Appellant was to be treated as a first offender. The court asked the Appellant to offer his mitigation and he pleaded with the court for leniency, saying that he has been in remand for a long time, and that his parents and wife had died leaving him with three children to take care of. The learned trial magistrate, after considering the mitigation, found that the charge the Appellant had been convicted on carried a mandatory sentence and proceeded to sentence him to twenty years imprisonment.
The Appellant being dissatisfied with both the conviction and the sentence, lied his appeal on 13th June 2011 which is based on the following four grounds;
That during the hearing, Mr. Kelwon for the State, conceded to the appeal and gave the following reasons;
I have carefully considered the grounds of appeal and the reasons for the State to concede to the appeal, and I find it is indeed apparent that the evidence adduced by the Complainant is at variance with that of the two main witnesses, Pw 2 and Pw 3. Secondly, the Complainant’s testimony do not support the particulars of the charge, that the Appellant was facing before the lower court. The conviction is therefore unsafe and the same is hereby set aside, the sentence vacated and the Appellant should be set free forthwith unless otherwise lawfully held.
It is so ordered.
Dated and delivered on this 17TH day of OCTOBER, 2013
In the presence of;