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Murder case of former journalist proceeds

11 February 2014, 14:29 Millicent Kawii

Nairobi - A deceased journalist’s mother wept as she recounted on the relationship between the man who allegedly brutally killed her daughter.

Ms Agnes Njoki Kabiru said yesterday that Mr Moses Dola, who is accused of killing his wife, journalist Sarah Wambui Kabiru, three years ago, was a good man whom she respected.

“He was a good man, a good father, we had a good rapport, we respected him and thought he would have a good future with our daughter,” Ms Njoki said in tears.

Ms Njoki was testifying in the trial of the murder of the former journalist by her husband after screaming loudly when court was told that the hearing would be postponed since the presiding judge was not present forcing Lady Justice Roseline Korir to order for the fresh kick off the trial.

Three witnesses out of twelve had already testified but Lady Justice Korir directed that the hearing should start off afresh within fifteen minutes of preparation.

Lady Justice Korir also questioned Ms Njoki on the relationship of the journalists’ couple before the murder incident.

Ms Njoki said the accused, a freelance investigative journalist, got into depression after losing his job and had at one time threatened to kill her late daughter with a knife.

Ms Njoki also told the moved court about how the accused had once slapped the deceased, a disagreement between the two over a job trip Ms Wambui was to attend and how she had advised her daughter to get out of her marriage as a disaster was impeding.

However her late daughter chose to stay and sought the intervention of her mother in law and husband’s uncle.

“After intervention, he would keep quiet, a danger sign of depression, you see two people in love, what can you do, she went on to stay to be killed,” the tear filled mother said.

The accused was living with the deceased in Nairobi’s Umoja estate with their then one year seven month son, prior to the murder incident.

On the fateful day of May 1, 2011, Mr Dola is accused of killing Ms Wambui before escaping and later presented himself at the Naivasha police station following calls from the media by the police.

Ms Wambui‘s body was found covered in bed in a locked bedroom which only the couple had the keys to access it.

The court heard that Mr Dola knocked Ms Wambui’s head on the wall, covered all traces of evidence, handed the baby to the house help Ms Eunice Wairimu alias Mama Mwangi and left for her brother in law’s place in the same estate.

The court was also told that Mr Dola had communicated to his mother in law all through the day on the disappearance of his wife before later confessing that she was dead at round 7.00p.m

State Counsel Catherine Mwaniki said prosecution would provide sufficient circumstantial evidence to confirm that Mr Dola had the intension to cause death by inflicting harm which caused Wambui’s death and that it was only him  who had the opportunity to cause harm on the deceased.

Mr Dola’s lawyer Cliff Ombeta denied malice intend and insisted that this was a case of a family with normal usual problems and the accused’s disappearance was merely a human reaction.

“Who else could have killed her, if it was anybody else he would be the first one to report. Why couldn’t he own up, he is a man I respected, I felt it was an accident at some point and had forgiven him, he reported she was dead,” Ms Njoki said.

The hearing continues.

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