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Policeman charged with killing wife, dumping body

14 January 2014, 18:59 Millicent Kawii

Nairobi - A police officer has denied the charge of killing his wife and disposing her remains in a dump-site within Ruaraka area.

Mr Nickson Chepkwony was arrested on December 24, 2013 at Allsops along Thika road after a search had been instituted by fellow police officers and held at the Muthaiga Police Station, pleaded not guilty to the offence before High Court judge Roseline Korir.

Lady Justice Korir directed that the accused be remanded at Industrial area till October 2.

Mr Chepkwony’s lawyer Mutitu Thiong’o pleaded with court to have him released on cash bail however dismissed and declined to the request.

Prosecution told court that investigations were complete and that the accused was ready to take a plea of the alleged offence.

Over the Christmas and New Year festivities Justice David Majanja had allowed an application by the prosecution seeking to have Mr Chepkwony to be further held in custody for an extra week to enable the police secure the evidence of crucial witnesses.

The accused’s wife, Ms Felister Awino, was found dead in the morning of December 22, 2013 at a dumpsite inside the GSU Camp headquarters at Ruaraka.

Investigating Officer Darius Sowene told court that witness statements indicated that the couple was together on the night of December 21, 2013 at around 8pm.

When the accused first appeared in court before vacation judge Majanja a post mortem was yet to be conducted to formerly establish the cause of Ms Awino’s death.

The police officer was also supposed to undergo mental assessment before pleading either guilty or not to the charge of murder contrary to section 203 and 204 of the Kenyan constitution.

“The mental assessment and postmortem report delayed because the deceased’s relatives had not been traced to identify the body,” the prosecution officer had said.

The prosecution had also said that some witness statements had not been recorded and some witnesses or interviewed due to the festive holidays which hampered the momentum.


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