A Kenyan court has sentenced a woman found guilty of murdering her husband to 30-year imprisonment.
The court found that Jane Muthoni and her co-accused Isaac Ng’ang’a murdered Solomon Mbuthi Mwangi between November 6 and 11, 2016, after planning for almost a month.
The deceased went missing on November 6, and his body was found dumped in a coffee plantation eight days later.
Both Jane and Isaac will serve a 30-year sentence but will be backdated to 2016 when they were nabbed.
The state had called for the death sentence for Jane for committing such a heinous offence.
Section 203 and 204 of the Penal Code imposes a mandatory death sentence for people convicted of murder, but the Muruatetu precedent allowed judges to deviate from the mandatory death sentence.
The family had also asked for a lighter sentence.
“We all want justice for my father. He was my best friend but the absence of my parents has been so hard for my siblings and I for the past 5 years. We request the court to have mercy on my mum,” said Jane’s daughter June Mbuthi.
“I know it can’t be undone but we don’t have anyone we can fully rely on. All that time, we have been depending on third parties like relatives and friends,” she added.
Solomon Mbuthi Mwangi was a principal of Kenya’s Kiiru Boys High School.
Jane was also a former Icaciri Girls Secondary School Principal in central Kenya.