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City lawyer pleads with President Uhuru to help embattled Esther Arunga

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City lawyer Steve Ogolla has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene in the case facing former TV anchor Esther Arunga in Australia.

Arunga will be sentenced on Thursday after she pleaded guilty to charges of being accessory to the murder of her son, Sinclair Timberlake, in 2014.

The once celebrated broadcast journalist on Monday confessed she lied to police on what caused the death of her kid five years ago.
Arunga found her husband, Quincy Timberlake, punching on Sinclair’s stomach before he died, but she told investigators he passed on after falling down the stairs in their family home in Kallangur, Australia.

In her defence, she told the court she lied in order to protect Quincy, who she claimed had been ‘sick’ for over a year.

“I was terrified of being alone and I felt terrible because my husband was sick as well,” she said, as quoted by Australian Associated Press.

On Thursday, the former KTN news anchor will appear before Justice Martin Burns for sentencing, which could be up to 25 years imprisonment in a maximum security facility.

According to Ogolla, Kenya should not let her citizen suffer in a foreign jail and that is why there was need for President Kenyatta to intervene and help Arunga, who he observed “needs support”.

In a tweet on Tuesday, the lawyer said should Arunga be found guilty and jailed, the President should direct Attorney General (AG) Paul Kihara to request the Australian government to grant her transfer to Kenya on grounds of improving prisoners’ prospects for rehabilitation.

Once she is transferred, Ogolla said the Head of State can release her under certain conditions and the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) help her return in law practice.

Arunga hold law degree from the University of Wollongong in New South Wales. She was admitted to the bar in Nairobi in 2009 and is a certified barrister and solicitor.

“Esther Arunga needs support. If convicted, AG Kihara should negotiate an agreement between Kenya and Australia, and request her transfer to Nairobi under the Transfer of Prisoners Act, 2015. Once home, the President can release…”

 

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