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24-year-old sentenced to 90 years in prison for raping, killing Swedish missionary


Jan 5, 2023
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Kitale court on Thursday, January 5, 2023, found 24-year-old Chris Wanjala guilty of the gruesome murder of 74-year-old Swedish missionary Lilian Bourcart.

Wanjala, who was employed by the Swedish Missionary, was found guilty of violently robbing, raping and killing his ex-employer.

The convict committed the offence two years ago. The Swedish missionary managed a children’s home and conducted charity work in Milimani estate in Kitale, Trans Nzoia county.

The prosecution led by Senior Principal Prosecution Counsel (SPPC) Joyce Mumu proved the case before Chief Magistrate Julius Ng’arng’ar.

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The magistrate, after handing Wanjala the 90-year prison sentence, said it was meant to be a deterrent, retributive and rehabilitative, taking into account the brutality used to commit the offence.

The sentencing of Wanjala’s co-accused, Dominic Nyongesa, was deferred pending his age assessment.

However, the prosecution said that the duo deserved maximum sentence since it is a capital offence, so as to act as deterrence and lesson to others.

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