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Ex-Moi Girls student found guilty of manslaughter in 2017 fire that killed 10 students

Ex-Moi Girls student found guilty of manslaughter in 2017 fire that killed 10 students.

A student who started a fire that killed ten of her colleagues at Moi Girls School in Nairobi in 2017 was found guilty of manslaughter.

The accused was 14 years old at the time and a minor. She was housed in the Kabarnet dormitory, which was the site of the inferno.

She is now eighteen years old.

In convicting her, Justice Stella Mutuku stated that the accused did not start the fire with the intention of killing her classmates, but rather in a desperate attempt to be transferred from the school by any means possible.

“Her aim may have been just to cause a 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 a result of the fire,” she said.

The judge stated that because the prosecution failed to prove the element of malice aforethought, he was unable to find the accused guilty of murder.

The accused was found not guilty of murder on all ten counts she was charged with.

“She is hereby acquitted of the 10 counts of murder she is facing. Instead, I find the offence proved beyond a reasonable doubt to be manslaughter in all the 10 counts.”

She was found guilty of manslaughter by the court.

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According to Justice Mutuku, the fire spread from the bed to the first floor of the dorm and was fanned by strong winds, trapping the victims.

The school has four dormitories: Kabarnet, Complex, Kenya, and Elgon.

The fire started in Kabarnet, the lower dormitory, and spread to the upper wing of the same building.

The Kabarnet dormitory was mostly occupied by form one students. Each dormitory housed approximately 300 students.

In 2017, a total of 483 incidents of student unrest were reported, with fire cases accounting for 239 of these.

Ex-Moi Girls student found guilty of manslaughter in 2017 fire that killed 10 students
Survivors of the inferno hold up portraits of those that were lost/

On September 1, 2017, the Kabarnet dormitory was destroyed by an inferno, killing ten students who had just returned to school and leaving their families heartbroken over the loss of their daughters.

Bodies of all the girls were burnt beyond recognition and were only identified through a DNA exercise that was completed Tuesday.

In 2017, a total of 483 incidents of student unrest were reported, with fire cases accounting for 239 of these.

The unrest was marked by the burning of school buildings, particularly dormitories, administration buildings, classrooms, and food stores.

There were 429 incidents in the second term alone. There were 219 fires and 210 other types of unrest.

The majority of schools affected by unrest were boarding schools, followed by mixed/day, boarding, and day schools in that order.

Following investigations, 1, 075 suspects were apprehended. There were 1,029 students and 46 non-students among them.


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In total, 809 of the suspects were charged. There were 778 students and 31 teachers and support staff among those charged with conspiracy to commit arson, attempted arson, malicious property damage, and arson.

Ex-Moi Girls student found guilty of manslaughter in 2017 fire that killed 10 students

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