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Man jailed for life over poll violence

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A 24-year-old man accused of killing another during Post Election Violence has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the High Court in Nakuru.In the ruling, Justice Roselyn Wendoh convicted Paul Kipkemboi Ruto alias Saitoti over the murder of Kimani Thiongo in Kamura area in Timboroa on January 1, 2008.This is the second time the High Court has jailed for life accused persons charged with murder connected to Post Election Violence.Justice Mary Angawa, sitting in Kericho, jailed two people for life for killing two policemen at the height of post poll chaos.Justice Angawa convicted Robert Kemboi and Kirkland Langat for killing Police constable Peter Githinji and his Administration Police counterpart David Odhiambo in Roret Trading Centre.Justice Wendoh noted in her ruling that Charles Wamae the first prosecution witness said he saw raiders emerge from a maize plantation and one Daniel Kibos threw a panga at the deceased missing him by a whisker.According to the evidence by 11 prosecution witnesses, Thiongo was killed in cold blood in broad daylight at his farm.Wamae told the court that the deceased was hit by an arrow on the head whereby he fell down.He added that Saitoti rushed to where the deceased was and attacked him with a panga. Wamae later escaped fearing for his life.David Maina another witness in the murder case told the court they had congregated at the home of the deceased fearing for their lives.He said the deceased had called him to where he was after realising they were surrounded by the raiders.Maina told the court he saw Saitoti attack the deceased after he fell on the ground. Justice Wendoh noted that Maina knew the accused very well since they had lived as neighbours for a long time.Ruth Kerobo said though she had not witnessed the murder she had escaped the area with the children following the escalating violence.

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