Murder Suspect Peter Mugure Sues Government For Stopping His Salary

by Lawyer Alex

Former Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldier Peter Mugure has asked a court in Nyeri to declare his termination unlawful.

Mugure who was being detained at Nyeri Main Prison, King’ong’o over the alleged killing of his wife Joyce Syombua and two children, sued the Ministry of Defence over his summary dismissal. He also listed Attorney General Kihara Kariuki as the second respondent in a case he accused the government of stopping his salary without according him a fair hearing.

Through lawyer George Gori, the former army man told Nyeri Employment and Labour Relations Court that he stopped receiving his salary in May 2020 after his arraignment.

The murder suspect was summoned to appear before the Laikipia Base Commander on Monday, November 18, 2019, to show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against him. He told justice Marete Njagi that he was informed of the summon on November 17, 2019, adding that given his status then, one day was not sufficient for him to prepare and defend himself.

Murder most foul

Mugure was accused of killing his estranged wife and two children Shanice Maua and Prince Michael in October 2019. The three had visited him at the officer at Laikipia Airbase work station on Friday, October 25. During the trial, the court was told Mugure sent money to Joyce on October 22 and October 24 to facilitate her and the children travel to Laikipia.

The victims had been reported missing for three weeks after their Laikipia visit.

He admitted Syombua arrived and spent the night with her. He, however, denied all the accusations.

Despite his pleadings, Nyeri High Court Judge Jairus Ngaah noted releasing him on bail would erode public confidence in the court.

“In short, considering the accused contact, I cannot think of any condition that this court can mete out to limit the accused committing any other offense, interfering with witnesses or obstructing course of justice. The safer option is to detain the accused rather than setting him at large pending his trial. Bail or bond is therefore refused,” he ruled.

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