A Kenyan beauty queen, Ruth Kamande has been hammered with a death sentence after she was convicted of murder after stabbing her boyfriend to death in 2015.
Ruth Kamande won the Miss Lang’ata beauty contest while in prison.
The prison beauty queen has been in custody since then and was sentenced on Thursday by Justice Jessie Lesiit who said Kamande acted on purpose.
The judge held that Kamande acted in malice adding that her actions proved the same.
The prison beauty queen had defended herself by telling the court that she had discovered that her boyfriend was undergoing HIV treatment and threatened her when she confronted him over the matter.
“I want young people to know that it is not cool to kill each other. If you have an issue with a boyfriend, just walk away and forgive,” said Lessit.
The judge said although the Supreme Court held that death sentence is not mandatory, Kamande did not deserve mercy.
She said she was not remorseful and that she stabbed her boyfriend 25 times.
Justice Lesiit, termed the killing as gender-based violence, adding that she was manipulative and controlling.
During the hearing of the case, Mohammed’s sister Serah Waithera, who was called as the third witness, described the couple’s relationship as stormy and one-sided.
She is expected to appeal the sentence within 14 days.
But one question remains unanswered, does Kenya have a hangman to take charge of such criminals?
If not, why is she being sentenced to death if there will be nobody to do the job?
The man who was Kenya’s last and longest serving hangman at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison died in 2009.
Kirugumi wa Wanjuki, died in a small village on the slopes of the cold Aberdare Ranges after what was suspected to be a pneumonia attack.