A former Moi Girls High School student who was found to have started a fire that killed 10 of her schoolmates has been sentenced to 5 years in prison.
The 18-year-old was sentenced to 5 years in prison by the High Court on Thursday, after being found guilty of 10 counts of manslaughter.
The minor was found guilty of involuntarily causing the death of the ten students in Moi Girls School in Nairobi, in 2017. She was 14 years old in Form One at the time of the incident.
According to court’s documents, the convict, known as TWG, did not start the fire with an intention to kill her dormmates. She was out to make a statement, however, that she did not want to go through a learning experience at the school.
”Her aim may have been just to cause the fire and burn the building without hurting anyone, but it was ill intentioned given that the building had two floors and there were going to be casualties as the result of the fire,” Justice Stella Mutuku stated while convicting the minor.
TWG was accused of being a member of a cult, but she denied the charges in court, and the judge dismissed the charges as well.
Consequently, I find her not guilty of the 10 counts of murder she is facing. She is hereby acquitted of the 10 counts of murder but I find her guilty of the 10 counts of manslaughter,” Mutuku stated.