Nyeri woman to spend 30 years in jail for killing husband

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A 28-year-old woman from Nyeri has been handed a 30-year jail term for killing her husband, Francis Mwiti, in August 2018.

The woman, Emily Mukiri, was charged with murder but pleaded with the prosecution to have the charges reduced to manslaughter after admitting to have killed her 34-year-old husband.

Mukiri, who is currently pregnant, stabbed her husband at their home in Tetu, Nyeri who later succumbed to injuries at the county referral hospital.

The two allegedly had a domestic quarrel after the man came home drunk at around 1am.

The argument ended with the woman stabbing the man, who was a miraa seller, on the face and abdomen.

Her lawyers defended the woman by giving police occurrence book records which showed her late husband used to beat her.

Witnesses were also called to testify that the husband had a history of drug abuse.

However, in her ruling, Nyeri High Court Judge Abigael Mshila said as much as the act of killing was unfortunate, a crime had been done as a life was lost.

Judge Mshila also said the woman was not elidible to receive any non-custodial sentence such as probation or community service.

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