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Student, 22, Sentenced To Ten Years for Killing Grandmother

A college student who allegedly killed his grandmother over food has been jailed for ten years by a Siaya high court.

Maxton Omondi Otieno, 22, was convicted of manslaughter by Lady Justice Roseline Aburili after he pleaded guilty to the charge.

He had been charged that on 8th, February, 2021 at Got Bondo village in central Asembo location in Siaya County, he murdered Jael Akuno Orundu.

In his defense Omondi told the court that he did not intend to kill his 82-year-old grandmother on the material day but admitted having quarreled with her over food.

“I asked her what we were having for supper and she said there was no food and no flour to prepare porridge. She then hit me with her walking stick. I pulled her out of the bed and she hit her head on the cemented floor,” the convict claimed.

The court was told that Omondi was orphaned at the age of three and had been under the care of his maternal grandparents before he joined his paternal family where he stayed with the deceased.

Lady Justice Aburili, in her judgement, noted that the accused, who was mechanical student at Nyang’oma Technical Institute, was a first time offender and remorseful.

She said the ten years imprisonment was appropriate as he would get rehabilitated and also acquire skills that would come in handy when he will be reincorporated back to society.

She also said that Omondi could not be given a non-custodial sentence since the immediate family of the deceased was bitter and might harm him in revenge according to Bondo Probation Officer Mr Euphemia Kidwoli’s report that was tabled before court.

By Byron Ouma and Liz Akama


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