A man who murdered a medical student at Moi University four years ago will be imprisoned for forty years.
Naftali Kinuthia, who killed Ivy Wangeci, was sentenced to 40 years in prison by an Eldoret court on Friday.
Kinuthia admitted to using an axe to hack his ex-girlfriend Wangeci in front of the High Court in March of this year, claiming the act was motivated by rage.
Kinuthia says he regrets the incident and that he was overwhelmed by anger over what he termed as a love relationship gone sour.
“This is an incident that I have regretted forever. After thinking about it and reflecting, I knew it would not have happened since there were many ways to get around the situation without causing the death of an innocent person,” Kinuthia told the court.
“Since that day I have felt like I have been secluded from society since killing a person is unacceptable in society.”
Kinuthia had also recorded in his statement that prior to the birthday party, his ‘girlfriend’ had informed him that the party would cost Sh28,000.
“He said that he had sent Ivy Sh14,000 and had the remaining amount, which he wanted to give to her once he arrived,” stated the detective.
Wangechi was hacked to death outside the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret on April 9, 2019, in broad daylight.
28-year-old Kinuthia at the time, who had previously denied killing her, is said to have come from Nairobi, armed with an axe and a knife.
He reportedly lured her out of class and hit her on the head with the axe before slitting her throat.
On why he killed Wangechi, the suspect at the time told the Eldoret East DCI boss, Ali Kingi, that heartbreak occasioned by frequent disappointments is what had made him brutally take away the life of his alleged lover.
He claimed he had invested money and emotions in the woman, but his love and financial kindness were not reciprocated as per his expectations.
Wangechi was laid to rest in Mahiga, Nyeri County on Thursday, April 18, 2019.