A man who pushed a 20-year-old woman from the 12th floor of a building in Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) was on Thursday December 1, sentenced to five years in prison.
Milimani principal magistrate Esther Kimilu convicted the Information Communication Technology (ICT) expert after the court found him guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to the woman.
The court did not give an option of a fine, citing that the victim of the heinous act was still undergoing treatment for injuries sustained during the incident, two years on.
Kimilu detailed that she put into consideration a report that indicated that the accused man was committed to rehabilitation due to alcoholism and anger-related issues.
"The mandatory sentence is life imprisonment but due to the remorse extended by the accused and the commitment to change, the court has sentenced him to five years in prison," the magistrate ruled.
On November 17, the convict's defence team pleaded for leniency from the court, citing the offender was young and had just ventured into his career before committing the crime.
Prior to his sentencing the principal magistrate had determined that there was no justification for the suspect's actions, adding that the man showed little to no remorse for his actions.
The two met on Facebook and decided to go out on a date on September 13, 2020, when the unfortunate incident happened.
The date kicked off well but hell broke loose after the woman reportedly rejected the man's sexual advances.
The woman was pushed from 12th floor before she landed on the balcony of the 9th floor.
Medical records presented to the court indicated that the lady spent two months at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) receiving specialized treatment for pelvic injuries incurred after the fall.
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