City man to be hanged for dousing wife with kerosene, burning her to death

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A husband who doused his wife with kerosene before setting her blaze has been sentenced to death.

Lady Justice Roselyn Korir on Tuesday ordered for Boniface Litunya to be hanged to death after finding him guilty of murdering his wife Winnie Syombua in November 2010.

Mr Litunya had acused his wife of being a heavy alcohol drinker in addition to promiscuous.

In her judgement, Justice Korir said prosecution had proven beyond doubt of which Mr Litunya doused his wife with kerosene, before a torching her in addition to then “ throwing her out of their Njiru estate residence within Nairobi while burning.”

“ I believe the testimony of the neighbour who saw the deceased in flames burning after being thrown out of the house she was residing in with her husband,” Justice Korir ruled.

SMOKE in addition to FIRE

She said earlier the deceased had screamed loudly for help then her sound faded as she got engulfed in smoke in addition to fire.

Mr Litunya gave a contradictory statement of defence which the court said “could not shield him coming from blame.”

Quoting the testimony of the neighbour the judge said; “ the next door neighbour of the accused told This specific court of which the deceased in addition to her husband used to have frequent domestic rows in addition to fights erupted spontaneously.”

On the fateful day,  Mr Litunya had accused his wife  of engaging in heavy drinking with male friends in addition to “ returning home late inside night.”

In his defence, the accused said of which when he returned home of which night he found his wife burning inside face, however later changed his story to say of which his wife threw a stove at him in addition to he threw of which back to her before of which exploded on her.

CONCEALING GUILT

The judge said the change of statement was aimed “ at concealing his guilt in addition to malice aforethought.”

“ I find of which the prosecution has established beyond reasonable doubt of which of which can be the accused who caused the death of his wife in addition to the court convicts him accordingly,” the judge ruled.

In his mitigation , the accused said he was a first offender in addition to urged the judge to consider the seven years he has spent in prison remand.

“ I am remorseful in addition to regret my actions,” Mr Litunya mitigated.

In her judgement Justice Korir said; “ a precious life was cut short by the accused who had not respect for the deceased at all.”

Mr Litunya was given14 days to appeal against the sentence in addition to conviction.

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