A man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after being found guilty of murdering ‘Star’ newspaper correspondent Eric Oloo.
Joel Ogolla Luta was convicted by the High Court in Siaya.
Oloo was killed in 2019 while inside the house of former Ugunja Deputy OCS Sabina Kerubo. He had deep cuts in his head, in what was believed to be a passion-driven crime.
Kerubo was said to be a suspect-turned-state witness in the case. But in a quirky turn of events, she was found dead inside a one-room house in Matungulu Sub-County, Machakos County, on December 22 last year.
Sentenced From Evidence
While sentencing Luta, Justice Roseline Aburili said the evidence against him was convincing. The accused is said to have begged for forgiveness from Oloo’s family.
“No one is entitled to eliminate one’s life and just say sorry after causing such a loss to the deceased’s family,” said Justice Aburili.
After Oloo’s murder, it was rumoured that Oloo, who died at 41, was involved in a romantic relationship with Kerubo, 36. Kerubo was momentarily arrested following the murder and arraigned in court. Witnesses who were to testify failed to appear, throwing the case into a spin. Kerubo was transferred to Police Headquarters in Nairobi for “counselling.”
It was not clear what killed Kerubo but friends at that time alleged that she had sunk into depression and was drinking heavily. When her body was discovered, a police report said she seemed “weak and emaciated”.
The court gave Luta 14 days to appeal the sentence.