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Two Kayole men found guilty of murder in fight for barmaid

Two men have been found guilty of conspiring to kill another man in a case arising from a love triangle.

Justice Nicholas Ombija found Julius Macharia Muriuki and Boniface Mwaura Njogu guilty of killing Bernard Mwangi on the night of June 30, 2010 in Kayole, Nairobi.

“The prosecution has established beyond reasonable doubt that the two accosted Mwangi soon after he left a local club and stabbed him several times. He succumbed to the injuries after being admitted to hospital, which proves the accused had common intention to kill him,” said Ombija.

He sentenced Muriuki to death, while Njogu’s sentence is to be determined by President Uhuru Kenyatta after the judge ruled that he was underage (17 years) at the time they committed the offence and the law does not allow him to sentence a minor to death.

Njogu is now aged 22 while Muriuki is 29.

The prosecution said that Muriuki had a girlfriend, Lucy Wairimu Njoroge, who worked as a barmaid at Wagikuyu Bar in Kayole.

The relationship ended and she started dating Mwangi.

Muriuki was not happy that Mwangi had taken his former girlfriend and hatched a plot for revenge. It was then that they conspired with Njogu, who was his friend, to kill Mwangi.