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Naftali Kinuthia sentenced to 40 years in jail for the murder of medical student Ivy Wangeci in Eldoret four years ago

By Kamadi Amata

Murder suspect Naftali Kinuthia has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the cold-blooded murder of his estranged lover Ivy Wangechi outside Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in 2019.
Kinuthia was sentenced before the Eldoret High Court on Thursday, bringing the four-year murder trial to a close.

In his ruling, Justice Stephen Githinji stated that he had heard the suspect’s plea, but the sentence was proportionate to the heinous crime for which he was found culpable.

Kinuthia, through his lawyer, expressed regret for the crime and claimed to have changed in the four years he had been in remand.

The 33-year-old was arrested after attacking his then-estranged lover with an axe outside the university.

During the trial, he told the court that despite spending a lot of money on Wangeci over the years, she rejected him because he was short, hugged another man in front of him, and made a lot of money from him, knowing she did not intend to pursue their relationship further.

Kinuthia testified in court that he continued to financially support Wangeci even after she became distant from him.

He stated that he had spent over Ksh. 100,000 on her and was in the process of reclaiming it from her parents after realising that their love was not blossoming.

He told Justice Stephen Githinji just before killing her that he had sent her Ksh. 7,000 for her birthday, but she had not invited him to the party.

He was not offended, he said, because he had been funding these parties for many years during their relationship.

Kamadi Amata
Kamadi Amatahttps://mtaaniradio.or.ke
I am a digital content creator with niche in Health, politics, and Human Interest Features.
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