Court sentences Kenyan nurse to death for botched abortion

A nurse who procured a botched abortion resulting to the death of a teenager five years ago has been sentenced to death.

Jackson Namunya Tali will face the hangman’s noose for the murder of Christine Atieno and her unborn child in July 27 2009.

High court judge Nicholas Ombija said the prosecution adduced sufficient evidence to prove Namunya procured the abortion that led Atieno to bleed too much leading to her death.

“I find and hold as a matter of law that the accused herein with malice aforethought caused the death of the deceased by assisting her to procure an abortion. I convict him accordingly “ruled Ombija

The judge said he had taken into consideration the fact that two lives were lost as a result of the abortion.

He said the harsh sentence should act as a deterrent to other medical practitioners who procure illegal abortions.

Namunya, 41, who worked as a nurse at the government’s Kihara sub district hospital owned and operated a private clinic at Gachie trading center, Kiambu County known as M.P medical clinic and lab services.

Atieno who was staying with an aunt visited Namunya’s clinic with the intention of terminating her pregnancy which was in its early stage.

She was assisted to abort but she developed complications. The bleeding led her to develop anemia which culminated into her death.

In his defense, Namunya did not deny the fact that he attended to her although he argued that she had been treated in another hospital before.


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