Murder suspect remanded
A housewife who is reported to have stabbed her husband to death at Kiamugumo village, Kirinyaga East Sub- County will take plea for murder on January 4.
Jedidah Wanja Njeru who is the wife to the murdered Assistant Chief for Kiamugumo sub- location could not take a plea this afternoon after it emerged there was no Judge on duty at the Kerugoya law courts .
The prosecution led by State Counsel Beatrice Muthoni informed the area Principal Magistrate Eric Wambo there was no Judge on duty for the accused to take plea.
“Your honour , the nearest date when there will be a Judge on duty is January 4 at the Nanyuki law courts and I urge d the court to remand her in custody till then for the plea to be taken,”Muthoni submitted .
Wanja who appeared in court dressed in a black hooded pull over covering the head and face partially save for a blue face mask and black trousers did not show any signs of being ruffled.
A plain clothed detective from Kianyaga police station where she had been detained since committing the alleged offence on Dec 15 stood on the ready within the courtroom.
Wanja’s youthful relatives were there to give moral support as she waited to know the direction of the murder case .
Her lawyer Kemunto Magara of Bonwonga and Co Advocates however applied for a review of the Embu remand prison condition where Wambo had ordered she be remanded earlier on till the date for the plea.
The lawyer told the court it would be cumbersome for Wanja’s relatives to be traveling to Embu to visit her when she could still be detained at Kianyaga police station which is closer to her home .
Wanja has been charged that on Dec 15 at Kiamugumo village Kirinyaga East Sub- county murdered Denis Magu Njeru
Njeru, 45 was the area assistant chief and a son to a Kirinyaga County Assembly nominated MCA Wanjiru Njeru .
Njeru’s body was interred on Dec 23 during an emotional sendoff presided over by a retired Anglican Cleric Munene Ngoru at his father’s home in the area with the suspect absent since she had already been taken into custody by police.