STATE TO PAY EX-MINISTER FAMILY OVER SH15 MILLION FOR SON’S MURDER.

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Former agriculture assistant Minister Patrick Muiruri./ FILE PHOTO.
BY SAM ALFAN.

The high court in Nairobi has awarded the family of former agriculture assistant Minister Patrick Muiruri Sh15 million for his son’s murder.

The son, a law lecturer in the UK was shot 3 times in 2009 after a scuffle in a club in upmarket Westlands area, Nairobi.

Sh15 million is reparation for the heinous killing of Dr James Ng’ang’a Muiruri.

“The deceased succumbed as a result of a gunshot fired by a trigger happy police officer. In the circumstances an award for exemplary damages is necessary,” ruled Justice Joseph Sergon.

In the ruling, the court noted that the family of the deceased and the Attorney General had entered a consent on June 20 2016 where it was agreed that the state was wholly liable for the death of the deceased.

The government of Kenya will now pay the family as follows;

For pain and suffering Sh150, 000.

Loss of expectation of life Sh200,000.

Loss of dependency Sh12,000,000.

Special damages of Sh1,557,730.

Exemplary damages of Sh2,000,000.

Total amounting to Sh15,857,730

Former inspector Dickson Munene and his friend businessman Alex Chepkonga were found guilty and sentenced to death in 2011 by justice Muhamed Warsame for killing Muirurui’s son .

However, Chepkonga appealed the judgment and was acquitted.

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