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RUTH KAMANDE [PHOTO | COURTESY]

Prison beauty queen, Ruth Kamande, ‘changes religion’ ahead of murder sentencing

BY AGNES OLOO FOR WWW.EDAILY.CO.KE

The High Court in Nairobi will, on July 19, decide on the punishment to mete out on Miss Lang’ata Prison 2016, Ruth Kamande, who was, in March 2018, found guilty of killing her boyfriend.

Ms Kamande’s advocate told the court that she hopes her client would be given a lenient jail sentence, considering she [Ms Kamande] has “established a close relationship with God” since being taken into custody in 2015.

“Ms Kamande has since converted to Islam. She is now religious and prays five times a day,” said the vicenarian’s lawyer.

“She has also enrolled for a theology course in prison; an indication that her stay in custody has streamlined her,” added Ms Kamande’s advocate.

Further justifying her request for a lenient sentence on her client, the lawyer said the 24-year-old woman is her mother’s only child.

“When arrested, Ruth, who was 21 years old then, had just enrolled for a business course at JKUAT. Her dream was shattered by the circumstances here in,” submitted Ms Kamande’s advocate.

The prosecution, on the other hand, urged Justice Jessie Lesiit to hand Ms Kamande a death penalty for “being arrogant during the trial”.

“The then-24-year-old man, whose life was cut short, was an orphan; and had a task of providing for his family. Justice should prevail,” the prosecution counsel told the court.

Ms Kamande killed her boyfriend, Farid Mohammed, in Buruburu, Nairobi in September 2015.

The High Court said, in March this year, that it was convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that Ms Kamande had malice aforethought.

Justice Lesiit, consequently, convicted her for murder.

The court quashed claims by Ms Kamande that she had been raped by the now-deceased.

Justice Lesiit said doctors, who had carried out medical examinations, disproved Ms Kamande’s allegations.

Ms Kamande argued that their argument escalated, when she discovered a hospital card suggesting her boyfriend was undergoing HIV treatment.

When she confronted him he threatened her with death, she told the court.

Ms Kamande claimed she stabbed her boyfriend 22 times with a kitchen knife after “it fell on her” while they were pushing and pulling on the ground.

 

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