Beauty queen sentenced to death for killing her boyfriend

1359, Ruth Kamande

A Kenyan court has sentenced a 24-year-old jail beauty queen, Ruth Kamande, to death for murdering her boyfriend by stabbing him 25 times.

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Ruth who won a prison beauty pageant while awaiting trial, slashed her partner Farid Mohammed, 24, to death in 2015 and was convicted in May.

‘I want young people to know that it is not cool to kill your boyfriend or girlfriend even where you feel disappointed or frustrated – don’t do it,’ said High Court judge Jessie Lesiit passing sentence on Thursday.

‘Instead, it is cool to walk away and thereafter to forgive.’

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Rights group Amnesty International called the sentence ‘cruel, inhumane and outdated’.

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