A Kenyan Police officer who killed 10 people at a bar whereas hunting for his alleged unfaithful lover has been sentenced to 20 years in jail.
Peter Karanja, an administration police officer was charged in November 2010, for the homicide of 10 individuals he killed in Siakago city of Embu county.
In line with the cost sheet, Karanja, who had been deployed to protect the then-Mbeere North district commissioner’s residence, randomly fired bullets, killing Anthony Mwaniki, Frida Ng’endo, Kenwin Muthomi, Agostino Kinyua, George Ng’ang’a, Domisiano Muchira, Ephantus Munyi, Rachel Muthoni, Wilfred Gitonga, and Fredrick Okwako on November 6, 2010. Gitonga and Okwako had been his colleagues.
The court docket heard that whereas at his work station, Karanja was knowledgeable that his girlfriend had been noticed flirting with different males in one of many bars in Siakago. At about 11:30 pm on November 6, he headed to the close by New Coconut Bar to look for his girlfriend and upon arrival, he opened fireplace, killing three people on the spot. He proceeded to Waiyaki Bar the place he gunned down the barman who had come to usher him in.
Karanja later walked to Membership Tha Shrek the place six people had been consuming and he killed two girls and two males then left.
Whereas on the way in which, he met his two colleagues who had come to reply to the taking pictures, shot them each in the again earlier than turning the gun on himself however unknown to him, he had ran out of ammunition.
On Thursday, December 5, Embu Excessive Courtroom choose Florence Muchemi sentenced Karanja to 20 years in jail for every of the ten deaths that he brought on. The choose, nevertheless, dominated that the sentences will run concurrently.
Karanja’s lawyer, Victor Andande, requested Justice Muchemi to present his shopper a non-custodial sentence, saying Karanja was remorseful and suffered a terminal sickness.
Whereas studying her verdict, Justice Muchemi mentioned the prosecution proved past any affordable doubt that Karanja killed his ten victims, who had not provoked him in any approach.
The choose declined to present Karanja a non-custodial sentence, saying she needed Karanja’s punishment to ship a stern warning to people who are desiring to commit an analogous offence. The convict has 14 days to attraction towards the ruling.