The Star (Nairobi)

2 January 2013

Kenya: Woman to Hang for Murder of Her Friend

A Meru court has sentenced a woman to hang for the murder of her friend in Buuri, Meru county. The two had disagreed over ownership of onions.

Justice Lessit Wanjiku said Elizabeth Kambura was guilty of murdering Boniface Mwangi Maina on November 21, 2010 at 9 pm by stabbing him and then burning him by setting his house on fire.

Lessit said the prosecutor Moses Mungai presented enough evidence before the court where the witnesses confirmed that they came across Kambura that night running away after she set Mwangi's house on fire.

"The witnesses said they heard Kambura tell Mwangi that she would kill him the same day and she told him to take alcohol to his fill because she would kill him at 10 am yet the two were friends", said Lessit.

Post mortem results showed that the deceased had suffered 90 percent burns and was still alive when he sustained the burns.

"He also confirmed that the deceased had injuries on the neck and stab wounds on the left upper trunk caused by a sharp weapon. He ruled out suicide as the accused alleged due to the stab wounds on the back and front of his body", said Lessit.

A search which was later conducted at the house of Kambura revealed hat there was an empty jerrican which smelled of petrol and it was obvious that she had used it to purchase the petrol which she used to set the house on fire.The disagreement is believed to have emanated from the ownership of a plantation of onions in their compound.

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