WHAT THE LAW SAYS ABOUT INHERITING PROPERTIES OF A MURDERED PERSON

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Today we take time by highlighting Section 96(1) of the Law of Succession Act,Cap160, LOK “Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act.

A person who, while sane, murders another person shall not be entitled directly or indirectly to any share in the estate of the murdered person, and the persons beneficially entitled to shares in the estate of the murdered person shall be ascertained as though the murderer had died immediately before the murdered person.

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(2) For the purpose of this section the conviction of a person in criminal proceedings of the crime of murder shall be sufficient evidence of the fact that the person so convicted committed the murder

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The county diary believes if the public were better enlightened on the law they’d avoid such bizarre tendencies to unjust enrichment.

Potential murderers should be aware of this provision of the law.

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