Kericho: Father of 2 Serving A 3-Year Sentence Freed after Being Diagnosed with Stage 4 Throat Cancer

Kericho: Father of 2 Serving A 3-Year Sentence Freed after Being Diagnosed with Stage 4 Throat Cancer

  • Isaiah Tuwei Ngetich, who was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer in January this year, was freed on compassionate grounds
  • The father of two serving a three-year sentence for destroying cultivated crops was released after 14 months following his ailment
  • Kericho GK Medium Prison appealed for the release of the 54-year-old after the facility said there were no compelling reasons to hold him
  • The inmate was excited to rejoin his family members at his home Soin/Sigowet Sub-county as he undergoes his treatment

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A man locked behind bars is over the moon after being declared free by the judge on medical grounds.

Kericho man released on compassionate grounds
Kericho dad of two, Isaiah Ngetich (c) was released after 14 months in prison. Photo: Kenya News Agency.
Source: UGC

The offender was imprisoned for the offence of destruction of cultivated crops and was to serve three years in jail.

However, the 54-year-old Kericho GK Medium Prison inmate was released on medical grounds.

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Kericho High Court Judge releases prisoner after falling ill

Kericho High Court Judge, Justice Joseph Sergon, said there was no compelling reason to continue holding Isaiah Tuwei Ngetich, who was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer at the beginning of the year.

The Officer-In-Charge of the prison Senior Superintendent of Prisons (SSP), Labantine Makoyamo, said Ngetich had served a year and two months into his sentence.

Upon his conviction, Ngetich, a father of two, was taken to the prison facility on March 3, 2022.

Makomayo said the prison requested the Kericho Law Court to have Ngetich freed on medical grounds.

Cancer diagnosis at Kericho County Referral Hospital

Late last year, Ngetich said he was experiencing pain while swallowing food and was taken to Kericho County Referral Hospital.

At the medical facility, he was later diagnosed with the ailment, as reported by Kenya News Agency.

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"When he came to the prison, he was not sick, but he later developed pain while swallowing food, thus prompting prison authorities to immediately take him to the referral hospital for diagnosis and treatment,” Makomayo explained.

Returning home after 14 months

Ngetich could not hold his excitement at the hope he would reunite with his loved ones back home.

He expressed his joy at returning home, where he will enjoy the comfort of his family members as he still undergoes treatment from his home in Soin/Sigowet Sub-county.

"I thank God that I am finally returning home to be with my family after staying in jail for one year and two months. My brothers have been visiting me, and I cannot wait to be reunited with them,” said Ngetich.

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Less than a week ago, a Nairobi mum whose kids moved to children's home after a mental breakdown craved a reunion.

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In 2021, Evelyn Wangui reached a point of utter despair and found herself trapped in a deep state of depression.

Unfortunately, during this challenging period, she inadvertently directed her bitterness towards her own children.

Noticing that she was hurting the babies, she asked the government to take them to a children's home while she worked on her mental state.

Wangui said she was psychologically more stable and craved to return to them, but she had to be patient.

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