- Court heard that in 2016, the former legislator slapped and kicked MP Sarah Korere, causing her injuries.
- He has been slapped with a one-year jail term for assault.
Former Laikipia North MP Matthew Lempurkel will be spending a year in prison after he was found guilty of slapping a female legislator.
Senior Principal Magistrate Hellen Onkwani sentenced him on charges of assault against current Laikipia North MP Sarah Korere.
At the time of the incident in 2016, Lempurkel was the sitting MP while Korere was a Nominated representative. The incidence happened at Harambee House, Nairobi, shortly after the duo met the then Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery (now late).
Lempurkel was arrested and arraigned in court two days after the incident. The court heard that Lempurkel slapped Korere on her left cheek, and kicked her on the lower abdomen.
In his defense, Lempurkel claimed Korere’s allegations were malicious and aimed at humiliating him. He told the court that he was in fact the victim of the assault, and even reportedly spent a night at Karen Hospital.
Matthew Lempurkel Can Appeal
But the Magistrate ruled that the evidence presented was sufficient to convict Lempurkel. In handing down the sentence, she noted that the accused is a first offender, thus the relatively lenient sentence.
Lempurkel has 14 days to appeal the ruling.