'MEANT NO HARM'

Prisoner to serve three more years for knocking out inmate's tooth

Says complainant was a close friend of his and he had no intention of causing him injuries.

In Summary

• Francis Lingo who has been serving time at the Nairobi West Prison for preparing to commit a felony was convicted for the second time by Kibera senior principal magistrate Monica Maroro.

• The charge sheet says that he assaulted Collins Ayuko on January 4.

Francis Lingo in Kibera law courts yesterday
Francis Lingo in Kibera law courts yesterday
Image: CLAUSE MASIKA

A prisoner on a seven-year jail term will serve three more after he pleaded guilty to knocking out another inmate's tooth during a dispute over tissue paper. 

Francis Lingo who has been serving time at the Nairobi West Prison for preparing to commit a felony was convicted for the second time by Kibera senior principal magistrate Monica Maroro.

The charge sheet says that he assaulted Collins Ayuko on January 4.

The prosecution told the court that Ayuko, who is serving 20 years in jail for defilement, noticed that some convicts were fighting in another room and went to separate them.

"He was attacked by the accused person who is currently serving seven years in jail," the prosecution said.

Lingo allegedly asked Ayuko why he was interfering with other people’s affairs. He then knocked off his tooth. The matter was reported to the prison authority. Lingo was arrested and charged.

In mitigation, Lingo told the court that Ayuko was a close friend of his and he had no intention of causing him injuries.

“Collins is my friend and I didn’t intend to harm him. I ask this court to forgive me,” he said.

The magistrate handed Lingo three more years in jail for the offence. He has 14 days to appeal the sentence.