Beauty queen in Kenya sentenced to death over murder charges
A Kenyan court has sentenced a 24-year-old beauty queen to death for murdering her boyfriend by stabbing him 25 times, drawing criticism from rights groups who called the punishment "inhumane".
"I want young people to know that it is not cool to kill your boyfriend or girlfriend even where you feel disappointed or frustrated -- don't do it," said High Court judge Jessie Lesiit passing sentence yesterday. "Instead, it is cool to walk away and thereafter to forgive."
The judge accused Kamande of "manipulative" behaviour that included accessing the victim's mobile phone as well as showing no remorse for the vicious attack which left "blood all over" the crime scene.
"I think passing any other sentence than the one prescribed (death) would turn the accused into a hero," said Lesiit.
Rights group Amnesty International called the sentence "cruel, inhumane and outdated".
"This sentence is a blow to Kenya's progressive record in commuting death sentences to terms of imprisonment," said Amnesty director Irungu Houghton.
The victim's family insisted the sentence matched the crime.
"We're glad that this day came and his grandparents, his sister were actually in court today when this verdict was given," the victim's tearful aunt Emmah Wanjiku told reporters after the sentencing. "He had just started his job when his life was cut short."
The country's Supreme Court ruled in December 2017 that the mandatory death sentence for murder and armed robbery was unconstitutional, according to the Death Penalty Information Centre. The death sentence remains on the statute books however.
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