Kenyan beauty queen sentenced to death for murdering her boyfriend
A Kenyan court has sentenced a 24-year-old jail beauty queen to death for murdering her boyfriend by stabbing him 25 times, drawing criticism from rights groups who called the punishment ‘inhumane’.
Ruth Kamande, who won a prison beauty pageant while awaiting trial, slashed her partner Farid Mohammed, 24, to death in 2015 and was convicted in May.
Last August 30, Ruth Kamande had been crowned ‘Miss Lang’ata Prison’ in Nairobi — she was in jail awaiting trial for killing her boyfriend.
The judge accused Kamande of ‘manipulative’ behaviour that included accessing the victim’s mobile phone as well as showing no remorse for the vicious attack which left ‘blood all over’ the crime scene. ‘I think passing any other sentence than the one prescribed (death) would turn the accused into a hero,’ said Lesiit.
Rights group Amnesty International called the sentence ‘cruel, inhumane and outdated’.