A man accused of hacking his father to death for allegedly supporting his children without express consent has been sentenced to 30 years imprisonment by Kabarnet High Court.
Simon Evans Kandie was charged that on April 22, 2016 at Tiyobei village in Mochongoi ward, Marigat Sub County, he brutally murdered his father Kandie Kipyegon who used to solely provide for and pay fees for the accused’s children.
The accused before then Justice Edward Mureithii was charged with murder contrary to section 203 as read with section 204 of the penal code.
According to the accused’s uncle Jacob Kiprono, the accused used to argue and fight with the father claiming that the action was tantamount to demeaning and depicting him as an irresponsible man who was not capable of taking care of his children.
Kiprono told the court that the fight escalated when the father revealed to the accused that he would sell his livestock to pay for his grandchildren’s school fees, a statement that angered the accused who then grabbed a panga and hacked him in front of one of the sons.
Nixon Chepchieng, area assistant chief, told the judge in his testimony that he received a phone call from one of the members of the public about the incident and immediately rushed to the scene where he found the lifeless body of the late Kipyegon lying in a pool of blood.
The assistant chief further informed the court that the accused had also chased his wife a day before committing the heinous act.
The prosecution had lined up nine witnesses to prove the case beyond any reasonable doubt after the accused denied committing the offence.
The accused when placed in his defence gave unsworn evidence claiming that he had come home only to find his father dead.
He added that after unsuccessfully seeking help from neighbours he went to the administration police camp where he was arrested and charged.
Justice Edward Muriithi delivered his ruling virtually where he stated that after hearing testimonies from both sides, the court found the accused guilty of the offence and should be convicted as charged.
Ruling Justice Mureithii sentenced the accused to serve 30 years imprisonment. However, was given 14 days right of appeal.
KNA by Joshua Kibet