A Kenyan-American Marine was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment by a Swiss court for the cold blooded murder of a Kenyan-Swiss geriatric nurse.
The victim, Faith Chepkosgei Korir, was stabbed to death in January 2017 at her home in the village of Reconvilier in Bern Switzerland. She had returned to Switzerland from Kenya to get back to work leaving her husband and son there. Faith was the daughter of Kenyan Olympian, Julius Korir, a gold medalist who won the 3,000m steeplechase for Kenya at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
The perpetrator, Reuben Chebon Mwei, a US Marine stationed in North Carolina was on leave during the incident. Reuben, who was a distant relative of the victim was alleged to be in love with her. His lawyer even claiming that the two had agreed to kill each other as part of a suicide pact, an argument the court rejected.
Addressing the court in Swahili, Julius Korir said, “I want to know why he came from America to murder my daughter,” the Tribune de Geneve newspaper reported.
The Bernese cantonal police were called in to the home of the victim by neighbours following a violent dispute. On arrival, they found the lifeless body of the woman and the injured perpetrator in the apartment.