Beauty queen stabs boyfriend 25 times for hiding HIV status, gets death sentence

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A former Kenyan prison beauty pageant champion has been sentenced to death for killing her boyfriend.

In a court ruling on Thursday, Justice Jessie Lesiit said Ruth Wanjiku Kamande deliberately stabbed Farid Mohammed 25 times.

Justice Lesiit said that “young people should know it is not cool to kill your boyfriend, it is better to walk away”.

Ruth Kamande 24,  had confessed to killing her boyfriend using a kitchen knife in September 2015 during her trial.

According to Ruth, she had an argument with her boyfriend after seeing a HIV card which was under his name and was hidden under his Mattress. Mohammed who had been hiding his situation confronted her about it and threatened to kill her if she told his family about his status.

“Farid told me that he would rather kill me and himself than have his status exposed. l stabbed him severally using a kitchen knife, which fell on my chest from his hands after I overpowered him after putting my two thumbs in his eyes to save my life,” Kamande said.

She told Justice Jessie Lessit that what she did was under self defense and that the boyfriend attacked her first when she was packing her clothes.

Kamande also claimed they had an argument the day before the murder over love letters she found hidden under his bedside locker and that he took and tore to show that they didn’t mean anything to him.

She said that during the struggle with her boyfriend, he inflicted several injuries on her before overpowering and stabbing him several times. She denied that she had stabbed her self to cover up the situation and that she did it since she was in a state of fear, panic and shock to save her life.

“Your honour, it pained me to know that the person who l loved and trusted so much was to ruin my life by infecting me with HIV and Aids,” Kamande said.

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