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Man in court for killing dad for marrying second wife

By RICHARD MUNGUTI @RichardMunguti

A man appeared in court on Tuesday charged with strangling his father to death for marrying a second  wife two years ago. David Mwangi Githambu, 25, and a father of one, appeared before High Court Judge Lady Justice Jessie Lessit where the capital offence which carries a mandatory death sentence was read to him.

However, Githambu was not required to plead to the charge as he awaits the appointment of a lawyer by the deputy registrar of the High Court to defend him.

According to the charge sheet, Githambu, a boda boda rider in Naivasha, surrendered to the police and confessed to the act of killing his father, Erick Githambu Mwangi on the night of October 28/30 , 2013 at Kinoo Estate within Dagoreti Constituency Nairobi County.

The postmortem report seen by Nairobi News states “the cause of death was strangulation.”

MISSION TO KILL

Mr Githambu, the first born son and only brother of three sisters, told the police that he and another suspect, who is still at large, attempted to kill his step mother, Maria Warete, by strangling her but she faked death and they went away believing they had killed her.

When he appeared before the Naivasha District Criminal Investigations Officer (DCIO) Superintedent Joseph Ondoro, the accused narrated how he strangled his father for neglecting the first family and marrying a second wife.

“My father sold our family land in Naivasha then moved to Nairobi. He bought a vehicle then begun to operate a taxi business,” Githambu reportedly told Mr Ondoro.

“When the business picked, he married a second wife and then dumped my mother and my siblings. I got annoyed and embarked on a mission to kill him for subjecting us to problems.”

The accused will remain in remand at the Industrial Area Prison until December 22 when he will be required to plead to the charge. Eight witnesses will testify in the case.