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Paul Ng'ang'a Wanjiru v. Republic

(2020) JELR 94838 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  Criminal Appeal 36 of 2017  •  7 Aug 2020  •  Kenya

Coram
Mohammed Abdullahi Warsame, Sankale ole Kantai, Kathurima M'inoti

Judgement

JUDGMENT OF THE COURT

This appeal was heard on 4th May 2020 remotely through Skype application in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The appellant, Paul Ng’ang’a Wanjiru, participated in the proceedings from Kamiti Maximum Prison, whilst his learned counsel, Mr Seth Ojienda took part from his office in Nairobi. For his part, Mr. Gitonga Muriuki, learned counsel for the Director of Public Prosecutions, joined the video link from Meru. We thank the parties for supporting the use of technology to ensure that in this era of the Covid-19 pandemic, the administration of justice does not grind to a halt.

At the time material to this appeal, the appellant was a preacher in his church known as Well of Faith Ministries based at Gatina, in Kawangware, Nairobi. On 19th March 2012 he was charged, jointly with James Mutunga Muia (Muia), a guitarist/keyboard player in the said church, with the offence of murder contrary to sec-tion 203 as read with section 204 of the Penal Code. The infor-mation dated…

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