Village who killed a hony cow jailed for 14 years

Farmer jailed for 14 years for hacking neighbour's cow

A 44-year-old man who hacked his neighbour’s cow to death valued at Sh 70,000 after it strayed into his shamba has been slapped with a jail term of 14 years by a Kericho court after he pleaded guilty to the offense.  The accused, Robert Kipkemoi Tirop appeared before Kericho resident magistrate Benjamin Bryson Limo on October 12th.

The court clerk read to the accused the charge sheet in English, stating that the accused committed the offence on October 6, 2017 at Chepsir sub-location in Londiani sub-county within Kericho County, he willfully and unlawfully killed an animal, valued at Sh 70,000, being the property of Bernard Kikwai.

The accused responded back in English stating that he committed the said offence as per the particulars on the charge sheet.  The prosecution told the court that on the material day at 2pm, the complainant’s cow went away from its owner’s residence to the accused home.

The accused met the complainant’s cow on his shamba and he tied its hind legs before cutting its neck using a panga, killing it.  The complainant started looking for his missing cow only to find it already lying dead in his neighbour’s shamba.

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The complainant reported the matter to Chepseon police station and police officers visited the scene, where they took pictures of the dead cow.  The accused was arrested and escorted to Chepseon police station where he was charged with the offense.

In mitigation, the accused said he would not apologize to the complainant, stating that he knew what he was doing.
He added that in the 10 years he had been a farmer, he was yet to see a cow leaving its owners residence to go and mate a bull.

Four photographs of the dead cow were tabled before the court as exhibits in the case. The court ruled, taking into account the nature of the offense the accused was to serve 14 years in jail as per the law preserved.  The court gave the accused 14 days to file an appeal.

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