Court Remands a 25-Year-old Trader who Killed Wife

by Lawyer Wanz
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A Gikomba trader has been remanded for seven days pending investigations into allegation that he had killed his wife on claims of infidelity

Milimani senior resident magistrate Jane Kamau ordered that Walter Lumumba Saya be held at the Kamukunji police station. This followed a successful application by the police.

In an affidavit, investigating officer Mowlid Roble told court that Saya turned himself in at Muthurwa police post on Monday and reported that he had murdered his wife Miriam Ongoche Okutoi.

The officer said Saya had allegedly quarrelled with the wife overnight, an incident he said was witnessed by neighbours. He said the neighbours unsuccessfully tried to intervene and calm the situation. 

Court documents say Saya admitted that he had fought with his wife at 9pm after asking her about a neighbour—the man he accused the wife of having an affair with. He then allegedly used an electric cable to whip her. The couple had one child.

“We are seeking more time to record statements from the neighbours who witnessed them quarrel and conduct a postmortem to ascertain the cause of her death,” Roble said.

He said they will carry out thorough investigations to serve justice to all the parties involved. 

“The respondent need to be taken to a psychiatrist to ascertain his fitness to stand trial which has not been done,” Roble said.

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In Jan 7- Detectives arrested a man in Mbeere, Kirinyaga County for killing his wife and two children on Sunday morning.

The man used a sledge hammer to execute his family, according to detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who were among the first at the scene. His wife was aged 28 while his two sons were aged 9 and 5.


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