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VIJAY KUMAR MEGHJI SHAH v. REPUBLIC

(1984) JELR 95234 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  criminal appeal 86 of 83  •  22 Aug 1984  •  Kenya

Coram
James Onyiego Nyarangi, Alan Robin Winston Hancox, Alister Arthur Kneller

Judgement

JUDGMENT OF THE COURT

Anupchand Maghji Rupa Shah (Anupchand) and Vijay Kumar Meghji (Vijay), the appellants, were convicted on July 5 1983 of jointly murdering Kaushik Govinji (Kaushik) and his wife Ranjan Govindji (Renjan) during the night of May 3 1982 at Shanzu and sentenced to death (presumably for the first offence) by Mr Justice Bhandari. Kaushik had been married to Ranjan for 2 years and they were in their early thirties. Anupchand was 28 and Vijay 31 and the sons of Rupa Shah whohwas a grinding mill for wheat and spices down by the railway station.

Anupchand and Vijay ran a family retail shop under the family’s business name of ‘Tanga Trading company’ which from 1963 until about 1976 had most of the local and tourist trade in whole and ground spices.

Kaushik spent 7 years in England studying accounting and business management and when he returned to Mombasa in 1976 he opened a shop next door to these Shahs in their “Tanga Trading Company” one in a street on the south side of the …

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