Kenyan student accused of starting dormitory fire that killed 10 of her classmates gets 5 years in prison
A Kenyan student accused of starting a dormitory fire that killed 10 of her classmates has been sentenced to five years in prison. According to Digital citizenthe 2017 incident happened at Moi Girls High School.
The accused student was 14 at the time of the incident and she allegedly started the fire after classes resumed after a public holiday. The prison sentence also came after she was found guilty of the offence.
During the sentencing hearing, Judge Stella Mutuku said that although the defendant was a minor, her actions were so serious that she should be held accountable. The judge also told the families of the victims that no form of punishment could bring their loved ones back to life.
But a grandparent of one of the victims, William Ochieng Ogolla, expressed dissatisfaction with the sentencing, saying they expected a much harsher sentence. Ogolla, however, said he was happy the case was closed even though the damage had already been done.
“We are happy that the judgment was given in a very lenient way. We expected something much stronger than that, but judgment has been passed,” he said.
“We are hurt, the loss is irreplaceable and we are calling on all students in all schools to waive these cases. We expected this to be rigid to show any student that the government is serious.