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Court releases murder suspect

11 April 2013, 14:45 Wangui Joseph

Nyeri High Court has released a woman accused of murdering her 52-year-old lover and businessman on a bond of KES 300 000 or an alternative cash bail of KES 150 000.

Justice James Wakiaga released Dianah Wanja Wanjiru, 29, who was accused of stabbing to death Peter Kariuki Ngacha on the night of October 25 and 26 2012.

The incident took place at Skuta estate on the outskirts of Nyeri town. The bond was granted followed successful application by the defense to have her freed on bond pending trial.

In support of the bond application, the defense submitted a probation report on the accused from the probation office in Kerugoya District, ascertaining that she was fit to be released on bond.

The probation report also indicated that she was not a threat to the victims’ relatives as claimed by the prosecution.

The report had specified that during the trial period, the accused would be staying with her aunt Cecilia Waruguru in Kerugoya.

The prosecution had opposed her release on bond, observing the situation was volatile and her going home would offer her an opportunity to interfere with investigations.

In his ruling, justice Wakiaga ordered the accused to keep off her former residential town and also to be appearing for mentions once in two months at the high court registrar’s office.

It is alleged that the deceased was living in Juja township, Kiambu County, with his family and had on the fateful day gone to spent night with his concubine.

A bitter argument then ensued and the situation turned out a physical confrontation.

The mother of two minors aged 8 and 6 years old is said to have stabbed Kariuki on both sides of his belly and once on the chest, before calling for help from neighbors who rushed him to hospital.

The deceased who was a contractor died the following day at the Outspan hospital ICU ward while undergoing treatment.

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