Priest gets death sentence for murdering his bishop

A Kenyan Catholic priest has been sentenced to death for the murder of his bishop.

Fr Guyo Wago Malley and four other men were sentenced over the murder of Bishop Luigi Locati of Isiolo in 2005.

The execution was stayed last week to give the men an opportunity to file an appeal within 14 days.

The bishop was gunned down as he walked into his house in 2005.

Judge Fred Ochieng said Fr Malley planned, financed and recruited people to kill the bishop.

The judge said Fr Malley had spent KSH50,000 to fund the purchase of a G3 rifle.

He had transported the killers and hidden them in his house.

Fr Malley told the court the money he had withdrawn was for the purchase of desks.

Earlier, the police officer who investigated the case told the court of tensions between the bishop and priest over control of church funds.

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