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Jimmy Wanjohi Wanjiku v. Republic

(2006) JELR 105320 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  Criminal Appeal 128 of 2006  •  3 Nov 2006  •  Kenya

Philip Kiptoo Tunoi, Philip Nyamu Waki, William Shirley Deverell



This is a second appeal and so only matters of law can be raised.

The appellant JIMMY WANJOHI WANJIKU was convicted by the Principal Magistrate, Muranga, of robbery with violence contrary to section 296 (2) of the Penal Code and sentenced to death. His appeal against both conviction and sentence to the High Court of Kenya at Nairobi (Lesiit and Ochieng JJ) was dismissed on 1st July, 2004.

The grounds of appeal canvassed before us by Mr. Kiptoo for the appellant may be summarized as follows; that the first appellate court erred in not carefully evaluating the evidence on identification; that the

identification parades were not properly conducted and that the appellant was not positively identified by any prosecution witnesses.

Thus, the basic issue in this appeal and also in the trial and the first appellant courts was identification.

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