SECURITY guards who beat to death a University of Nairobi student at a city nightspot have been jailed for 10 years each.
A trial court dropped an ealier charge of murder, instead nailing them on manslaughter, but with a rider that they had reformed during the eight years they were in custody, lest they would have suffered the maximum penalty-life imprisonment,a judge said.
“The accused persons refusal to release the deceased for treatment was callous…they showed no remorse for their actions,” justice Roslyn Korir said.
Judge Korir said life imprisonment would have been appropriate but the watchies had demonstrated that they have undergone rehab while in remand for 8 years after the State opposed their release on bond.
She rejected a prayer for non custodial sentence saying the deceased family have been left traumatised.
Twenty-year-old Denis Omondi Adari, a second year engineering student at the University of Nairobi, died after being assaulted at Unga House in 2011.
Three guards, The three accused Daniel Lumonyi Amaitsa, Eliud Sukura Samita and Timothy Wafula Lumonje, from the Dragon Security Company were arrested by police and initially charged with assault, but later murder after the student succumbed to injuries.
The incident took place at around 3am, on the third floor of Unga House in Westlands, Nairobi.
Denis and five friends had been to various entertainment joints earlier and had intended to finish their party at Psys, Westlands.
But the bouncers at the entrance of the bar located on the ground floor of the building, refused them entry, because the club was full and it was nearly closing time.
Determined to get in, the youngsters accessed the building through the car park entrance.
Students a.k.a comrades went on the rampage to protest the death.