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Death Sentence Appeal Granted to Prison Beauty Queen Ruth Kamande

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Prison Beauty Queen Ruth Kamande to Appeal Death Sentence at Supreme Court

Ruth Kamande, a former beauty pageant winner from Lang’ata Women’s Prison, has been given permission to appeal her death sentence at the Supreme Court. The decision was reached after her initial appeal was unsuccessful at the Court of Appeal.






In the case, Kamande was convicted of fatally stabbing her boyfriend, Farid Mohamed Halim, 25 times in 2015. The brutal attack took place in their Buru Buru residence, with witnesses reporting the victim’s cries for help before the police arrived, finding him already deceased. The post-mortem examination confirmed that he died from multiple injuries and blood loss due to penetrating force trauma.

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Kamande had previously appealed her conviction and sentence without success in November 2020. Her latest appeal is based on the claim of battered women syndrome, with her lawyer, Githu Muigai, arguing that individuals who assert self-defense in the context of domestic violence should be considered for reduced charges.



While Muigai’s previous argument for a lesser charge of manslaughter based on self-defense was unsuccessful, this time, he asserts that the appeal raises issues of general public importance related to the battered women syndrome and the standards of proof for self-defense claims. The submission also highlights the need to protect and advance the rights of domestic violence victims in line with the Protection Against Domestic Violence Act.

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Kamande contends that the prosecution did not adequately challenge her claim of self-defense, and the court did not sufficiently consider it during her trial. The prosecution did not oppose her application to appeal, believing that it is in the public interest to examine the raised issues more extensively at the Supreme Court.



The Court of Appeal agreed with this perspective, considering the grounds for appeal as potential novel issues of law deserving the Supreme Court’s attention. The court acknowledged that the concept of battered women syndrome is relatively unexplored in the country, making it of significant public interest.

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In a statement, the three-judge bench stated, “We have looked at the issues that have been raised by the applicant and note that the issue surrounding battered women syndrome is ideally raw in the country and has had not so many decisions on the same. We feel the same be given a window for interrogation by the Supreme Court.” Consequently, the court granted Kamande’s application to appeal her death sentence at the Supreme Court.