Policeman charged with killing wife, dumping body
14 January 2014, 18:59
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
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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