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Death penalty for Kenyan man convicted of killing British man and abducting wife

A Kenyan court has sentenced a man to death for the 2011 killing of a British man who was shot dead and his wife kidnapped by Somali gunmen at an island resort on the Kenya coast.

Magistrate Johnstone Munguti Monday found Kenyan Ali Babito Kololo guilty of the murder of British tourist David Tebbutt, 58, who was killed. Tebbutt's wife Judith, 56, was abducted and taken to Somalia and held by pirates before being released after six months.

Munguti also sentenced Kololo for the seven years in jail for the wife's kidnapping.

The Sept 10, 2011, incident was among a string of abductions by Somali gunmen along the Kenya-Somali border. Kenya's military cited those attacks as the reason it sent troops into Somalia to fight the Islamic extremists of al-Shabab.