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Tett son sentenced to death

Thursday June 27 2013

The son of former assistant minister Betty Tett, Mr William David Tett (centre) was Thursday sentenced to death after being found guilty of robbing his father at gunpoint. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU

The son of former assistant minister Betty Tett, Mr William David Tett (centre) was Thursday sentenced to death after being found guilty of robbing his father at gunpoint. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU NATION MEDIA GROUP

By PAUL OGEMBA [email protected]

The son of former assistant minister Betty Tett was Thursday sentenced to death after being found guilty of robbing his father at gunpoint.

William David Tett was part of a gang that violently robbed his foster father, Mr William Mulready Tett, on September 6, 2011 in Karen, Nairobi.

David was adopted by the Tetts at birth. He was the son of Mrs Tett’s cousin. His mother died when he was young.

Nairobi Chief Magistrate Kiarie Waweru ruled that the prosecution had proven beyond reasonable doubt that David committed the crime. He dismissed David’s pleas to be handed a non-custodial sentence, ruling that he participated in the robbery on his own volition and the mandatory sentence was death by hanging.

“I have considered that he is a first offender but also the fact that the offence he is charged with carries only one mandatory sentence. I will be imposing an illegal sentence to deviate from what the law says and, therefore, order him to suffer death,” said Mr Waweru.

David was charged with violently robbing his father while armed with a revolver and a knife. He stole a wallet containing Sh1,000, an ATM card, Visa Card, Alien Identity Card, two medical cards, three supermarket smart cards and a mobile phone all valued at Sh157,000.

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He faced two additional charges of violently robbing Mrs Christine Nyambura of a mobile phone valued at Sh5,000 and Mr David Ondengo of a phone valued at Sh9,000 before using actual violence on his victims.

According to the prosecution, David, in cahoots with others, raided his parents’ home in Karen, Nairobi, and robbed his father and two domestic workers.

Two gangsters were shot dead by police who responded to the alarm raised by the former MP’s employee. The police recovered five mobile phones, a revolver loaded with four bullets and a knife.

Mr Mulready Tett testified that on the fateful day, his son called him to the living room where he found him with two other men. He noticed that his son was troubled and requested that they go outside to have a private talk and when they went back in the house, he requested the two to leave.

However, one of the men sprung up and pointed a revolver at Mr Mulready’s head while the other pointed a knife at him. They told him their mission was to rob him and demanded that he gives them money or else they would kill him. They tied him up and took away the items.

Ms Christine Nyawira, who works for Mrs Tett, said one of the gangsters pointed a knife at her head and kicked her. When she fell, they tied her hands and stuffed her mouth before taking her phone.

Mrs Tett said she had tried to reach her husband and Ms Nyawira through their phones, but when she couldn’t, she sent another worker, David Ondengo, to check what was happening in the house.

Mr Ondengo testified that when he reached the house, the young Tett told him there was no alarm but immediately he entered the house, he was told to join the others on the ground after which his phone was taken by the man who wielded the knife.

In his defence, the young Tett said that he was a victim of circumstances, that he was hijacked by the robbers who asked him at gunpoint to take them to his parents’ home and had no alternative but to comply.

According to him, he was driving when a white car overtook him and blocked his way. Three men bundled him to the back seat and ordered him to take them to his home. While at the home, they ordered him to lie next to his father and saw them taking away the items.

However, the magistrate ruled that the evidence of the witnesses was sufficient to prove that David was with the attackers and that he actively participated in the robbery.