Former MP sentenced to one year in jail over assault

A Kenyan court has slapped former lawmaker Mathew Lempurkel with one-year imprisonment after being found guilty of assault.

Senior Principal Magistrate Hellen OnkwaniSenior Principal Magistrate Hellen Onkwani sentenced Lempurkel with no alternative to fine for assaulting the current Laikipia North MP Sarah Korere.

The convict committed the crime in 2016 at the late former Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, Nairobi.

The court heard that Lempurkel “willfully and unlawfully assaulted Sarah Korere by slapping her on the left cheek and kicked her on the lower abdomen thereby occasioning her actual bodily harm.”

“The court has considered that there are many issues of violence in the country and also fact that the accused is a first offender,” she said.

“I note from the mitigation record that the accused is a leader who needs to be a good example to others so I proceed to sentence the accused person to serve one-year imprisonment.”

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