British man avoids death penalty after being acquitted of murder in Kenya


A British national who was facing the mandatory death penalty for the alleged murder of his girlfriend in Kenya was acquitted on 8th June 2017, as the trial court judge found that the accused had no case to answer, having heard the evidence of the prosecution.

Carl Singleton, from Cumbria, had moved to Kenya in 2013 to live with his girlfriend, Peris Agumbi. Agumbi died in November 2014 after suffering diabetic hypertension and respiratory failure. Singleton was alleged to have deliberately destroyed Agumbi’s supply of insulin and was charged with her murder.

Helen Law of Matrix Chambers was instructed pro bono by The Death Penalty Project as it assisted local attorney, Anthony Okulo, of Okulo & Company Advocates. For more information, please see here for The Death Penalty Project’s press release.