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Joseph Lopurot Merikol v. Republic

(2006) JELR 105430 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  Criminal Appeal 47 of 2005  •  21 Feb 2006  •  Kenya

Philip Kiptoo Tunoi, Emmanuel Okello O'Kubasu, John walter Onyango Otieno



The appellant herein, Joseph Lopurot Merikol, was originally charged with murder contrary to section 203 as read with section 204 of the Penal Code. The charge was reduced to manslaughter contrary to section 202 of the Penal Code to which the appellant pleaded guilty. The learned Judge having considered all the circumstances of the case sentenced the appellant to ten (10) years imprisonment.

The appellant now comes before this Court appealing against sentence only.

The facts of the case as admitted by the appellant were that on 28th July, 2004 at Amisian village in West Pokot District the appellant picked a quarrel with his father over a cow the appellant alleged the father had sold. The quarrel ended tragically when the appellant stabbed his father who died instantly.

This is yet another case in which a son killed his own father. We have considered what the appellant has told us and the remarks of Mr. Omutelema urging us to dismiss this appeal.

The appellant was sent…

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