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Wambui's brother, cousin testify in Dola's trial

11 February 2014, 17:03 Millicent Kawii

Nairobi - A journalist who allegedly killed his wife spent hours of drinking and communicating with family members after locking up her body in the bedroom. 

A court heard on Monday that Moses Dola Otieno, a freelance investigative journalist attacked NTV journalist Sarah Wambui Kabiru’s body neatly in bed, went on a drinking spree with his wife’s brother and called his parents in law to tell them that she was missing on the fateful day.

The deceased’s brother, Joseph Gitahi Kabiru testified that Dola called their mother saying that the couple had quarreled and she had left the house but he was hopeful she would return: ‘Tuligombana tu kidogo akatoka (we quarreled a little) she was in a track suit, usijali mum atakuja (don't worry mum she will come) it will be ok,’ Dola had said to Wambui’s mother.

Gitahi said the accused had paid him a visit at 8.00am looking distraught and wanted to drink wine in his Nairobi’s Umoja Estate house but he opted to take him out for a drink before parting at noon.

Gitahi also narrated how later that evening he had to break her sister’s bedroom door while in the company of their cousin, Gilbert Wang’ombe and a police officer only to find his dead sister lying covered to the neck on the nicely spread bed with foam coming out of her mouth.

Wang’ombe said a closer look at her cousin showed blood on the right side at the back of her head on the pillow.

Wang’ombe said that except for the bed which was well made, clothes and other things were scattered in the room and a note with details which he did not reveal was picked from a notebook on the floor and handed over to the police.

Court heard that Gitahi had screamed on the scene causing other people to come into the house but were stopped by the police who took photographs and helped the family transport the body to Montezuma funeral home.

Gitahi said the accused, who later disappeared that afternoon was previously a good man with whom they all had a cordial relationship but turned to be a drunkard who did nothing but sit and play games in the house while his wife worked hard to feed the family.

“He was a nice guy in the beginning, we all liked him and he even got me a house in Umoja until one time when he invited family members and Wambui gave her KES 1 000 to buy food for the visitors but he went and drank it all,” he said.

Gitahi said that that one drinking incident made Wambui’s family become against the union. 

Lady Justice Roseline Korir ordered the accused to be reporting once a month at the deputy registrar’s office starting March 11 while the subsequent visits will be arranged later.

Seven more witnesses including Wambui’s father, medical doctor and a Safaricom expert are set to testify in the next hearing on May 12 and 13.

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