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Court session adjourned as murder suspect breaks into prayer

03 December 2015, 09:45 Obare Nyamota

Nakuru - A Murder suspect Wednesday disrupted proceedings at the High Court in Nakuru when he suddenly started praying loudly minutes after the prosecution called its first witness to testify.

James Enukai, 22, who is out on a KES 200 000 bond is accused of defiling and killing a 7-year-old schoolgirl on June 16, 2012 at Rongai area in Nakuru County.

The girl’s decomposing body was later found in a neighbour’s well a few metres from her home.

He prayed in vernacular (Kalenjin), maintaining his innocence: "God, You know the truth."

The accused brought the court session to a standstill with his prayer interruption at a time when witness Charles Koech, the owner of the well where the minor's body was found, was about to give his account to the court.

The interruption prompted Justice Maureen Odero to adjourn the proceedings for a while as lawyer Wambeyi Makomere cautioned his client.

In his testimony, Martin Kipruto, a neighbour told the court how he received a call from his wife instructing him to rush to the scene, where he found shocked villagers viewing the recovered half naked body of the standard-one girl.

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“The minor’s hands and legs were tied and the body had a visible wound at the forehead," he told the court as the suspect wept in the dock.

Kipruto also told the court that the accused, who had joined villagers in viewing the body suddenly shouted loudly confessing to have defiled and killed the minor.

He said that during the confession, Enukai disclosed that he feared being identified after defiling the minor and decided to kill her to cover up the heinous act.

Earlier, another witness, Charles Koech told court that he had employed the accused as a herdsman to assist his wife in taking care of his cattle.

He said he was shocked when he was informed through a phone call that the accused had been frogmarched to Salgaa police station after being linked to a murder.

Enukai was surrendered to the police by villagers following his confession.

The court slated further hearing of the case for April 6 when four witnesses are set to testify.

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