Prosecution Seeks Maximum Sentence for 6 Men Accused of Killing MP George Thuo Using Pesticide

National Assembly proceedings on February 21, 2024.
National Assembly of Kenya

Milimani High Court on Tuesday, May 28, was petitioned by the prosecution to hand the maximum sentence to six people who were found guilty of killing former Juja Member of Parliament George Thuo. 

George Thuo met his untimely death in 2013 moments after visiting a popular restaurant in Thika Town, Kiambu County. 

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) convinced the High Court beyond any reasonable doubt that the MP died after being poisoned using Cyhalothrine Pesticide.

Cyhalothrine is a readily available pesticide in the agricultural county of Kiambu. It is used to control pests attacking farm crops and vegetables. 

Former Juja Constituency Late MP George Thuo.
Former Juja Constituency MP, the late George Thuo
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“The prosecution informed the court that the convicted individuals showed no remorse and thus should not be granted leniency,” ODPP stated the need for the maximum sentence. 

ODPP further petitioning the High Court to mete the maximum sentence requested consideration of statements from Thuo’s family. 

Speaking in court, Thuo’s wife told the judge that her husband was in good health before his unexpected death. 

She further confirmed that her husband passed on while in the company of the six convicted individuals. 

“According to the probation officer’s report, the victim’s family called for a fairly lengthy sentence, emphasising the need for justice,” ODPP reported. 

The court will deliberate on the prayers made by the prosecution side and deliver a sentence to the six individuals on June 21, 2024. 

According to the Penal Code, a person convicted of murder can be handed a death sentence. 

Kenyan has been moving from retributive justice to restorative justice, and as such, most death penalties are commuted to life imprisonment. 

Entrance to Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi.
Entrance to Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi.
The Judiciary of Kenya.
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