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.


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