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

A British man who was facing the mandatory death penalty for the alleged murder of his girlfriend in Kenya, has been acquitted. The trial court judge found that the accused had no case to answer, having heard the prosecution’s evidence.

Carl Singleton was alleged to have deliberately destroyed his girlfriend’s supply of insulin, leading to her death from diabetic hypertension and respiratory failure. Singleton was charged with murder, an offence that carries the mandatory death penalty in Kenya.

The Death Penalty Project (DPP) has been providing Singleton’s local lawyers with pro bono legal assistance since 2015. The DPP instructed a UK medical expert who provided evidence advising that the loss of a personal supply of insulin should not have resulted in death.

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