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How convict escaped Kamiti prison to check on his pregnant wife

A convict serving a six-year jail term for killing his girlfriend over infidelity has pleaded guilty to charges of escaping from prison.

He told the court he escaped after learning that his wife was pregnant.

Evans Ranny Makaka who was jailed for manslaughter on April 27, 2023, told Senior Principal Magistrate Helen Okwani of the Makadara Law Courts during mitigation that a friend recently informed him that his wife is pregnant, which left him depressed.

Makaka, 31, was charged with escaping lawful custody contrary to section 123 as read with section 36 of the Penal Code and he pleaded guilty.

He escaped from Kamiti Medium Prison on November 8, 2023, while in the custody of Sergeant Patrick Muthini before he was arrested by prison officers who mounted a search for him.

Makaka escaped while undertaking labour duties together with other inmates at the prison’s nursery under the guard of Sgt. Muthini.

The convict had excused himself to go for a short call then disappeared while in prisoner’s uniform at around 11 am.

A search by teams of prison officers was mounted around the area and he was found hiding in nearby bushes by prison constable Boniface Mweu.

Makaka became violent prompting PC Mweu to shoot in the air to scare him. The convict had already removed the inmates’ blue–white striped trousers.

He was escorted to Kahawa West police station immediately where he was detained before being charged.

The convict admitted the charges and told Ms Okwani that he has been undergoing challenges which he finds difficult to report to the welfare department at the prison.

For instance, he said his wife has not been allowing him to speak to his child.

The welfare department allows inmates to call home to connect with their families but his wife has been telling him that the child is at home with his grandmother.

He said he was remorseful and apologized to Sgt. Muthini for almost ruining his career with the Kenya Prisons Service.

The convict told Ms Okwani that his remaining part of the sentence is now less than two years and the magistrate handed him a jail term of two years.

Makaka had been jailed by Lady Justice Jessie Lesiit after a plea bargaining agreement where he admitted killing Esther Njeri at his house in Umoja estate, Nairobi on the night of May 30-31, 2019.

He had returned home past midnight only to meet a man walking downstairs and upon reaching his house, he met Ms Njeri locking the door to leave the house.

The deceased woman who had just turned 18 told Makaka that he was leaving to escort a man who had brought her a national identity card waiting card.

Upon return, Makaka took her phone to check who she was communicating with and a fight ensued between them.

Makaka hit Ms Njeri with his hand.

The deceased fell and the back of her head hit a table. She fell unconscious on the floor of the house.

The convict then wrote a note accusing his lover of infidelity and left the house leaving Ms Njeri unconscious on the floor.

Ms Njeri’s body was discovered by neighbours two days later and the matter was reported to the police.

Makaka later turned himself in at the Buruburu police station on June 3, 2019, and he was arrested and charged with murder.

However, he made an application to plea-bargain with the prosecution where he offered to plead guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter before he was jailed.

Ms Njeri’s mother told officers from the Probation and Aftercare Services department that her daughter was scheduled to travel overseas to further her studies shortly before she met her death.

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