A man in Rarieda, Siaya County, has been slapped with a ten-year jail term after confessing to killing his grandmother, 82, over a row over food.
The court heard that Maxton Omondi visited his paternal grandmother for the first time in 21 years in December last year, only to kill her two months later.
The court papers say that on the fateful day (February 8, 2021), Omondi went home at Got Bondo village at 6.30 pm and found his grandmother, Jael Akuru, 82, seated on the bed. He then asked her for food but the octogenarian said that she had not prepared any.
It was at this point that he asked her for flour to make porridge for himself, but she told him that there is no supplies in the house because his father had not brought any.
An angry Omondi then tried to pull her from the bed, but she retaliated by hitting him on the head with her walking stick. Even more irked, with much strength this time around, he pulled Akuru off the bed and she fell on the ground, she was unconscious.
Following the incident, Omondi ran away to his cousin’s house where he spent the night. Akuru was found dead the following morning. An autopsy report revealed she experienced severe bleeding from her head. Also, she had a fourteen-centimetre, zigzag wound behind the forehead among other head injuries.
Omondi was arrested and taken to Aram Police Station where he admitted to killing Akuru.
“It is true I killed the deceased but I did not plan to kill her,” Omondi told the police in his confession. In court, the plea was entered as “not guilty” as it was unequivocal. The court then changed Omondi’s charges from murder to manslaughter.
Probation officer Euphemia Kidwoli in an assessment report on March 25 advised the court to send Omondi to jail for his own safety. Kidwoli said his relatives had sworn to take revenge and kill him should he be released.
“His paternal parents are bitter with him and are ready to revenge by eliminating him from their midst should he be seen there. What that means is that the accused is only safe away from the community. He is not fit for a non-custodial sentence which will be counterproductive,” he told the court.
At the time of the event, Omondi was a student at Nyangoma Technical Institute in Bondo where he was taking a mechanical course. He was on industrial attachment.