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Woman accused of husband’s murder to undergo mental checkup

25 November 2013, 19:56 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A 54-year-old woman who allegedly stabbed her husband to death will have to undergo a mental check up before standing trial, a Nyeri court ordered on  Monday.

Mary Nkirote Gitonga reportedly stabbed Julius Gitonga Kanake, 64, in the neck, using a knife and later smashed his head using a mallet on Saturday night.

Gitonga’s body was discovered on Sunday morning outside their house in Soweto village, Narumoru-Kieni, Nyeri County.

However, the case investigating officer, Chtalu Bruce, a police officer at Narumoru Police station told Nyeri Resident Magistrate Catherine Mburu that investigations on the case are yet to be complete and the accused has been advised not to plea on the matter.

Chtalu appeared in the court making a miscellaneous application, to be given more time, through the prosecution led by Inspector Stanselous Mwangi.

He reasoned that a post-mortem on the body of the deceased was yet to be done and the accused person has not been examined for mental status.

He said the two reports would be crucial to the prosecution during trial.

The court however granted him a-seven-day period to have completed the two exercises and establish whether the accused would stand trial.

The court further ruled that the accused be detained at Narumoru police station as the matter was slated to be mentioned on December 5 this year.

Further reports indicate that Nkirote was arrested by members of the public who removed her from a local church during sermon.

Relatives said the couple exchanged vows of marriage in 1976 and had five children all whom are married.

Prior to the incident it is said the couple engaged into a heated exchange of words after Gitonga returned home inebriated, after attending a wedding.

The incident was disclosed by their grand children who had paid them a visit on the fateful day. They alerted neighbors and other members of the family.

The residents and relatives, to express anger, demolished the couple’s house saying the accused is no longer welcome in the village.

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