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Kabarnet: Man pleads guilty of assaulting neighbor with Jembe


A middle aged man in Kabarnet has pleaded guilty in court for assaulting his neighbor with a jembe following a dispute.

Robert Kiprop admitted that on March 28, 2024, around 1 pm in the Seretunin area of Baringo Central Sub County, he struck Gideon Chemoiwa on the head and shoulders, causing Chemoiwa to lose consciousness.

Appearing before Kabarnet Senior Resident Magistrate Purity Koskey on Tuesday, Kiprop was charged with causing grievous harm contrary to Section 234 of the Penal Code.

The accused pleaded guilty to the charges by acknowledging that the complaints were true and appealed to the court to forgive him as he did not intend to harm his neighbour.

“Your honour, I am a first-time offender and if I am jailed, my family back at home will suffer,” Kiprop said.

The court heard that the complainant had gone to see the accused where he found him planting maize but later quarreled for no apparent reason.

It was from the scuffle that the suspect picked a jembe that had been left by the victim and struck him causing a deep cut on the head before he fell down and lost consciousness.

The court was also told that the complainant was rushed to Baringo County Referral Hospital before he was referred to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret where he was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury.

The magistrate, in her ruling, stated that the accused was convicted on his own plea of guilty and ordered for a pre-sentence report to be compiled to assist in sentencing the suspect.

Koskey slated the mention of the report on June 4, 2024, and ordered that the accused be held in custody.

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