Singer Quincy Wambitta Timberlake, who has been controversial, was sentenced to 11 years in prison in Australia on Friday following his involuntary manslaughter case regarding the death of his son in 2014.
Three-year-old Sinclair died on the bedroom floor of his father’s house in Brisbane, Australia, in June 2014.
Timberlake pleaded guilty last month after reaching a plea agreement with the prosecution, for a lesser sentence.
Judge Paul Freeburn sentenced him on Friday for the “brutal and incomprehensible” death of his son.
Timberlake gained fame in Kenya after marrying former television presenter Esther Arunga in 2010. They are now separated.
In 2012, he announced his candidacy for the presidency through his new party, the PlaCenta (Platinum Centraliser and Unionist Party of Kenya).
However, he was unsuccessful in his bid.
On Friday, the court heard that after finding his son lying at the bottom of the stairs, Timberlake began claiming that the devil was inside the house, according to The Guardian.
The 43-year-old man grabbed a Bible from his room, saying he would beat the devil, Judge Paul Freeburn said in sentencing Timberlake for the “brutal and incomprehensible” death.
Arunga thought her husband was descending the stairs, but then heard her son screaming and noises from behind the bathroom door where he had gone to bathe.
When the door was opened, the boy appeared to be in pain and his injuries had doubled.
The court heard that Timberlake forcefully struck him in the abdomen, causing him to stumble, and then said, “There is a devil in his stomach, I am removing that demon from his stomach.”
When Sinclair approached his mother, Timberlake angrily threw the child against the wall.
After the boy fell, Timberlake told his wife, “The devil is gone now,” before boasting about expelling the demon and removing it from Sinclair’s stomach.
Emergency services found Sinclair’s body on the bedroom floor.
The couple failed to inform the authorities about what had happened in the bathroom, but Timberlake was secretly recorded in the morgue referring to the Bible and repeatedly apologizing for dropping Sinclair.
Several weeks after the incident, Esther Timberlake – who was immediately released on parole after pleading guilty in 2019 to being an accessory to her son’s murder – told the police about the attack, saying her husband was going through nonexistent things.
Forced to live on the streets and persecuted as a child, Timberlake earned a degree in chemical engineering before meeting Esther, who had returned to Kenya after being accepted into the legal profession in Australia.
Timberlake was arrested and imprisoned in Kenya after announcing his intention to run for president after the couple formed the PlaCenta party.