The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Man to Hang for Stabbing Friend in Phone Row

A MAN was yesterday sentenced to death for stabbing his friend over a mobile phone.

Nicholas Muturi was convicted of the murder of Mule Muli at Kibera Laini Saba slums on May 2, 2008.

High court judge Fred Ochieng said Muturi had an "afore thought" to kill his friend.

Ochieng said even though the two were friends, Muturi must be deemed to have intended to kill Muli because he went to confront him armed with a knife.

Muturi demand's for his mobile phone from Muli degenerated into a fight that led to the stabbing.

"I find that the prosecution has proved beyond any reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of the murder of Muli," Ochieng said.

During the trial, the prosecution called eight witnesses.

Muturi gave an unsworn testimony and did not present any witness.

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