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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Police officers handed seven years in jail for killing 14 year old Kwekwe Mwandaza

Kinango DCIO Veronicah Gitahi and police constable Issa Mzee at the Mombasa High Court. Photo/File
Kinango DCIO Veronicah Gitahi and police constable Issa Mzee at the Mombasa High Court. Photo/File

Two police officers found guilty in the murder of14-year-old Kwekwe Mwandaza have been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Making the ruling in a Mombasa court on Monday, Judge Martin Muya decried the "rampant use of firearms among Kenya police" and said the officers will be jailed for manslaughter.

He said the two officers were "reckless and wanton" in their discharge of duty.

Read: Two officers found guilty of manslaughter in Kwekwe Mwandaza's case.

However, their lawyer said they would appeal the decision and requested the Mombasa court to stay the sentence.

The ruling will be made in the afternoon.

Last week, Kinango DCIO Veronicah Gitahi and constable Issa Mzee were found guilty of committing the offence on August 22, 2014, at Kinango in Kwale county.

They denied the charge when they appeared in court in November 2015, saying their intention was not to shoot Kwekwe, but that she charged at them with a panga.

Their version of events differed with the family's testimonies with Kwekwe's cousins saying 13 police officers stormed their home in Maweu village and lobbed teargas canisters.

They said police opened fire and shot the girl as the family choked in fumes.

Kwekwe died of a gunshot wound to the head from a high-powered rifle and another shot to the chest.

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