JUDGMENT OF THE COURT
This is a second appeal, the first appeal having been dismissed by the superior court. The appellant, Paul Mutungu, was charged before the Chief Magistrate at Nairobi with the offence of attempted robbery with violence contrary to section 297(2) of the Penal Code. The particulars were as follows:
On the 13th day of April, 2001, at New Mathare Estate, Nairobi within Nairobi area, jointly with others not before court while armed with offensive weapons namely metal bars, and a knife, attempted to rob James Taemu money and at or immediately before or immediately after such attempted robbery threatened to use actual violence to James Taemu.”
The appellant was not represented in the subordinate court. He was recorded as having pleaded guilty; was convicted on the same plea and was sentenced to death.
The relevant part of the entire record of proceedings before the subordinate court was short and we reproduce it herebelow for ease of reference:
B. Olao …