A Nigerian Businessman who had been charged with murder of another Nigerian in Ruaka location of Kiambu County will now serve 25 years imprisonment after he was convicted on a lesser charge of manslaughter by Kiambu High court.
James Akam (33), upon commission of the crime on September 18, 2017 had been charged with murder of Adeoye Adonyi Femi to which he pleaded not guilty. He later entered a plea bargain under section 202 as read with 205 of the penal code.
The Kiambu High Court Judge, Lady Justice Christine Meoli on Friday while sentencing the accused cautioned that Akam could not benefit from a non-custodial sentence, owing to the seriousness of the offence.
For the prosecution, Ms. Viola Muthoni told the court that on the material day, the accused person had a disagreement involving money with the deceased.
The Court heard that the duo resided in the same apartment in Ruaka namely Big C where the body was found lying outside the said apartment.
While narrating facts of the case, the prosecutor stated that the alleged stabbing took place in a motor vehicle registration No KCD 387X Mazda Demio belonging to Samuel Badejo a resident of Wallace Apartment in Ruaka where the deceased had gone to request him to reconcile them.
The accused stabbed the deceased with a kitchen knife on the left of his chest, left fore and upper arms. According to a post mortem report, Ms Muthoni said was chest injuries were due to penetrating sharp form trauma (stab). The murder weapon was also recovered.
She added that the deceased was rushed to St. Peter’ medical centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The body was placed back into the car and driven back to big C Apartments which was the scene of crime.
By Lydia Shiloya