Francis Karuri, a Kenyan inmate has chopped off his own penis after missing out on a presidential pardon.
The inmate who had to date already been behind bars for 15 years was hopeful that this time his reprieve would come but instead upon learning that once again he had been overlooked the man chopped off his penis, going on to tell he would there would be no need to have it as he would never get to use it again.
Upon chopping off his penis, the man resumed mopping before passing out after the loss of blood. Medical staff were not able to re attach the man’s penis after 13 hours had passed since first cutting off his appendage.
At the time Francis Karuri had been following proceedings of the Uhuru ceremony where 50 prisoners were sent free where he was hoping that his name would be read out on a list of inmates which would be released in time for Christmas.
But President Uhuru Kenyatta had not included Mr Karuri, and the prisoner took the drastic action.
The Daily Star reported that friends of Mr Karuri said that he had been looking forward to seeing friends and family, and had expected to be released.
In Kenya it is a state tradition for the president to grant pardons to a set number of inmates on national holidays.
At the ceremony the names of those who will receive a pardon are read out, and many eagerly wait to hear if they are on the list.
Despite being on death row, it is likely that Mr Karuri will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Human Rights organizations are currently lobbying for the death penalty to be abolished.
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