Three men have been sentenced to death by the courts in Kericho, Kenya, for the murder of Irish priest and missionary Jeremiah Roche in 2009.

Isaac Kipng'etich Bett, Jackson Cheruiyot Koskei and Joshua Maranga Makori were convicted of robbery with violence against the priest. He was killed in his home in the parish of Keongo. Police said two weeks after the priest’s murder they found a pair of his pants, covered in blood in Makori’s bed.

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According to RTE reports Roche had been attacked in “middle of the night” during a burglary at his home.

The police investigating the crime discovered that his laptop, two mobile phones and other electronic devices worth over $3,000 had also been stolen.

Chief Magistrate Hedwig Ong’undi also sentences two other men to 14 years imprisonment and hard labor for the possession of stolen property. Four other suspects were acquitted. They had faced similar possession charges.

Fr Roche was 68-years-old and a member of the St. Patrick Missionary Society.  He had lived and ministered in Kenya for 41 years working on various projects such as the construction of Churches and schools in Kericho.