A father in Kenya has been sentenced to 200 years in prison for murdering his four children.
The Kisii Resident Magistrate, Joseph Karanja, ruled that the accused will serve a 50-year sentence for each of the four counts of murder concurrently.
The ugly massacre took place on November 10, 2012, when the bodies of the four children were found near their home at Egesa in Kitutu Chache Central, Kisii County.
During the hearing, Misati's wife, Helen Kemunto, who was among the witnesses, testified that her husband came home at night on November 10, 2012, woke her up and said he wanted them to move house.
She, however, insisted they should first clear the rent arrears before moving out, and it was at that point that her husband got furious and stabbed her in the forehead.
“I managed to escape and went to seek treatment at Kisii Level Five Hospital,” Kemunto tol the court in a sworn affidavit.
Kemunto continued that she stayed at the hospital until the following morning when she went back to the house only to find Misati and all her children missing.
Thinking that they had relocated to another house, her husband called the land lady to pass the mind blowing news to her.
“My husband called our landlady and told her to inform me that I pick my children from the nearby bush. However, one of the children lay dead at the doorstep while the other three bodies were in the nearby nappier grass,” she said.
Following the incident, Misati went on the run but was arrested on November 21, 2013, one year after he had committed the heinous act.
Despite Misati pleading guilty to manslaughter, the prosecution maintained he had intention to kill, owing to his consequent actions, stabbing his wife and the instruction he gave the land lady.
Post-mortem carried out on the children revealed that their deaths were as a result of strangulation.