City park shooting: Police officers plead for non-custodial sentence

Written By: Ben Troy Njue

Police constables William Chirchir and Godfrey Kirui were found guilty of manslaughter for the killing businesswoman Janet Waiyaki at Nairobi's City Park on May 20, 2018

The two police officers who were on Tuesday found guilty of manslaughter in the killing of Janet Waiyaki at City Park in 2018 are now seeking for a non-custodial sentence.

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During their mitigation on Thursday, police constables William Chirchir and Godfrey Kirui informed the court that they were remorseful and regretted their actions adding that their dependants will suffer if they serve jail time.

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However, the victims family objected saying that the officers should be jailed to serve as a lesson to other officers who abuse their powers.

Wangui’s husband, through lawyer Gicheha Kamau termed her death as premature saying “her life will never be brought back.”

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He asked the court to consider the fact that the 41-year-old left young children aged 2 and 12 years.

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“The young one has been waiting for the mother to come back,” he said.

Judge Stella Mutuku on Tuesday ruled that the officers had used unnecessary excessive force when they shot dead Janet Waiyaki at City Park Nairobi on the morning of May 20, 2018 and seriously injured her nephew Bernard Chege.

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Through their lawyer Robert Onyango, the two officers said given another chance, they would do better.

High court judge Stella Mutuku will hand down the sentence on May 27.



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