Moi Girls student who started dorm fire that killed 10 sentenced to 5 years in prison

Moi Girls student who started dorm fire that killed 10 sentenced to 5 years in prison

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The student who was found guilty of starting a fire that led to the death of 10 students at Moi Girls High School in 2017 has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment.

The sentence was handed by Justice Stella Mutuku who noted that despite being a minor, the girl's offences were severe as such she had to be held accountable for her actions.

She however underscored to the families of the victims that no amount of punishment could bring their loved ones back.

William Ochieng Ogolla, a grandparent to one of the deceased students, expressed his dissatisfaction after the ruling saying the sentence was mild.

He however pointed out that they were glad that the matter had been settled and justice served although the damage was already done.

"We are happy that the judgement has been delivered through very lenient. We expected something much stronger than that but the judgement has been delivered," Mr. Ogolla said.

"We are hurt, the loss is irreplaceable and we call upon any student in any school to desist from this cases. We expected this to be stiff to show any student out there that the government is serious." 

At the time of the incident, the minor was 14 years old. She was housed in Kabarnet dormitory, where the fire broke out after the students returned to school from holiday.


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