Egerton student who confessed to killing girlfriend after breakup to serve 10 years in jail

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 6 Oct, 2022 18:57 | < 1 min read
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A man who hacked his girlfriend to death in 2018 has been sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Edmond Ruto,28, confessed to having stabbed his university girlfriend to death in a suspected love triangle while he was a fourth-year student at Egerton university.

While appearing before Nakuru High Court judge Joel Ngugi, Ruto in his defence, said he killed his girlfriend Cynthia Chelangat on February 19, 2018, out of anger.

He says he was mad Chelagat had opted to end their relationship. At the time, she was also a student in the same institution studying Agriculture.

Reports indicate that on a fateful day, Ruto stormed Chelagat's room and locked the door from the inside. Out of fear, Chelagat started screaming for help and it was at that point that he stabbed her twice in her neck.

Neighbours heard her cry for help and responded swiftly however, Chelagat died in the hospital.

Ruto was then arrested and arraigned in court on February 21, 2018, but pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

He later confessed to killing her and regretted his actions and asked Chelagat's family for forgiveness. He says while incarcerated, he learnt how to manage his anger pleading with the court for a lenient judgement.

However, in his ruling Justice Joel Ngugi pointed the murder case to the toxic masculinity that needs to be discouraged in society.

“This is the kind of toxic masculine behaviour that requires vehement discouragement in our young people as the victim’s counsel correctly pointed out,” Justice Ngugi ruled as quoted by Nation publication.

His decade-long sentence will run from February 2018 when he was arraigned in court according to the judge.