Ruth Kamande, the Lang'ata Women's Prison inmate who was found guilty of killing her boyfriend in 2015, has been sentenced to death by the High Court.
Ruth Wanjiru Kamande hits the catwalk during the Lang'ata prison beauty contest.
On 31st May, the beauty pageant victor was found guilty of stabbing her boyfriend, Farid Mohammed 22 times in 2015 in Nairobi's Buruburu estate.
Amnesty International called the sentence "cruel, inhumane and outdated". "I do not find this a deserving case and I think passing any other sentence than the one prescribed would turn the accused into a hero", the judge said during Kamande's sentencing on Thursday.
Justice Lesiit said that "young people should know it is not cool to kill your boyfriend, it is better to walk away". The Judge held that Kamande acted in malice and showed no remorse for her actions in the course of the trial.
Earlier, Ms Kamande's lawyer had urged the court to give her a lenient sentence arguing that she had "established a close relationship with God" since she was taken into custody in 2015.
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"The 24-year-old then, whose life was cut short was an orphan and had a task of provide for the rest of the family members, hence justice should prevail", said the prosecution counsel.
It has not carried out an execution in 30 years, and two Presidents have commuted the death sentences of entire death row populations in the last 10 years.
The country's Supreme Court ruled in December 2017 that the mandatory death sentence for murder and armed robbery was unconstitutional, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Her plea was however rejected by the prosecution who asked the bench to hand her the death sentence so that it can be a deterrence.
The judge also termed the killing as gender-based violence, adding that she was manipulative and controlling over the boyfriend.