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Woman sentenced to hang for murdering ‘friend’, dumping body in septic tank

A woman has been sentenced to hang for killing her 25-year-old sales girl, Teresia Wacuka in November 2015.

Redempta Nthenya was on Tuesday slapped with the severe sentence by Kajiado High Court judge Reuben Nyakundi.

Nyakundi said the constitution of Kenya has not been changed and punishment through hanging is still in place.

He said the evidence presented in court by the prosecution and the number of witnesses who testified convinced the court.

“Nthenya committed a heinous crime by taking away a life of a fellow human being. She should equally suffer the same fate.”

Wacuka was reported missing on November 22, 2015, and her body was January last year found in a septic tank in Ongata Rongai after a search.

According to the prosecution, the main suspect had claimed Wacuka had died while trying to procure an illegal abortion.

During the hearings, it emerged that an official postmortem conducted at Kenyatta National Hospital revealed Wacuka was not pregnant as her ‘friend’ claimed.

A government pathologist who testified in the case said Wacuka died from strangulation.

The prosecution established the murder suspect as Nthenya, who was Wacuka’s closest friend at the time.

Justice Nyakundi gave Nthenya 14 days to appeal the sentence.

Following the ruling, Wacuka’s mother Monica Wanjiru congratulated the Kenyan courts system.

She expressed her joy that justice has been handed at last.

“Wacuka was our breadwinner. We have suffered a great loss through her death.”

“Her father died long ago and we have nobody to turn to in the family,” Wanjiru said.

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