A police officer in Kenya who killed 10 people in a bar while looking for his alleged unfaithful lover was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Peter Karanja was charged in November 2010 with the killing of 10 people he had killed in Siakago, Embu County.
According to the indictment, Karanja, who had been deployed to guard the Mbeere North District Commissioner’s residence at the time, reportedly fired bullets at random, killing 10 people on the spot, two of whom were his colleagues.
The court learns that while at his workstation, Karanja was informed that his girlfriend had been seen flirting with other men in one of Siakago’s bars. On November 6, around 11:30 pm, he went to the nearby New Coconut Bar in search of his girlfriend. When he arrived, he opened fire, killing three people on the spot.
He then went to Waiyaki Bar where he shot the bartender who had come to bring him.
Karanja then went to the Tha Shrek Club where six people were drinking. He killed two women and two men, then left.
Along the way, he met his two colleagues who had come to respond to the shooting. He shot them in the back before turning the weapon around like himself, but he ran out of bullets.
On Thursday, December 5, Florence Muchemi, a judge in the High Court of Embu, sentenced Karanja to 20 years in prison for each of the ten deaths he caused. The judge decided, however, that the sentences would be cumulative.
Karanja’s lawyer, Victor Andande, asked Judge Muchemi to sentence his client to a non-custodial sentence, stating that Karanja was remorseful and suffering from an incurable illness.
In reading his verdict, Judge Muchemi stated that the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that Karanja had killed her ten victims, who had not provoked her.
The judge refused to sentence Karanja to a non-custodial sentence, saying that she wanted the sentence imposed on Karanja to send a strong warning to those who are planning to commit a similar offense. The convicted person has 14 days to appeal the decision.