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Woman marks five years in remand after killing husband

18 October 2013, 17:39 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - An application by a woman accused of murdering her husband to be released on bond has hit a snag following an objection by the prosecution.

Sarah Wakarima who has spent five years in remand awaiting conclusion of the case, requested Nyeri High Court Judge, Justice James Wakiaga, to release her on bond, saying she has been languishing in remand.

Her lawyer, Lucy Mwai, told the court that the accused person is suffering in remand and ought to be released since the offence is bailable.

However, in response to the application, Othaya CID office said the move would be counterproductive arguing that her security may be compromised.

Wakarima was accused of murdering her husband, Joseph Githuka, between October, 28 and November 1, 2008 at Kanyange village in Othaya Township.

In an affidavit filed by Police Constable Benjamin Mumo, the accused was almost lynched by irate members of the public who were seeking revenge against the murder during her arrest.

The affidavit indicated that the community has not healed from the violent death of the deceased and her release would worsen the situation in the village.

He further stated that there are high chances of the accused absconding case proceedings since some witnesses have testified against her.

It was alleged that Wakarima kept lying about the whereabouts of her husband after he was reported missing claiming that he had gone to see his step-brother in Nyeri town.

“She knew the deceased had not gone to Nyeri Town and she continued lying knowing he was already dead,” said Constable Mumo.

Wakarima however denied killing the deceased, whose body was later discovered at his farm in a nappier grass plantation on November 1, 2008.

Investigations by the prosecution indicated that some bed sheets with blood stains were also discovered in their pit latrine. They also found some bloodstained newspapers and mattress in their bed room.

The late Githuka’s sister, Pauline Wangui, in her testimony told the court that on October 29, 2008 she received a text message reading, “This is to tell you to take care of father, my wife and child”, which was allegedly authored by the deceased.

The two have an eight-year-old boy who is currently living with the accused person’s parents in Othaya.

The judge however directed the probation office to produce a pre-bail report on November 19 detailing the accused person’s suitability of being granted bond.

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