A man has been handed a 45-year prison sentence by the High Court in Eldoret for the murder of Emma Wanyota four years ago, who was a student at Vera Beauty College until her death.
Justice Reuben Nyakundi, delivering the verdict, rejected Mustafa Idd’s claims of being Wanyota’s boyfriend and therefore could not have killed her, finding him guilty of a premeditated and planned murder.
The judge remarked that Idd showed malice, hatred and ill-will, suggesting that if the law permitted, the death penalty would have been most suitable.
Justice Nyakundi emphasized that the prosecution successfully established Idd’s culpability beyond reasonable doubt in the September 30, 2019 murder.
Throughout the trial, Idd maintained his innocence, stating that he was not within the Moi’s Bridge area where the murder took place.
The court, however, proved otherwise. He had hitherto been detained at Eldoret GK Remand Prison since arrest after being deemed a flight risk.
The trial, initiated in September 2019, concluded in March after six witnesses testified for the prosecution.
By Viola Chepkemoi
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