Court Suspends Sentence Hearing of Student Accused of Manslaughter

Moi Girls’ School students mourn their friends who died in a fire on 2nd September 2017. [Photo: The East African]

The ruling of a student who started a fire at Moi Girls’ High School in 2017, leaving 10 students dead has been postponed to 14th of January 2022.

This is after it failed to take place on Monday, 3rd January 2022.

Justice Stella Mutuku says the postponement was agreed upon since the probation report and the victim assessment impact report were not yet ready.

Such reports detail accounts of the impact of the crime on a victim.

The student who is still being held at Lang’ata Women’s Prison was found guilty of manslaughter.

“She is hereby acquitted of the 10 counts of murder she is facing. Instead, I find the offence proved beyond reasonable doubt to be manslaughter in all the 10 counts,” ruled justice Mutuku.

“Her aim may have been just to cause a fire and burn the building without hurting anyone, but it was ill intentioned, given that the building had two floors and there were going to be casualties as a result of the fire.”

The court noted that the accused in her naivety may have overlooked the consequences of her actions.

In a police report, the student said that she committed the crime, seeking to be transferred from the institution.

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