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Guard’s plea for justice after wife shot dead

Newton Nyaoke has not come to terms with seeing his wife shot dead in front of his eyes, three days before they formalised their union.

Two mean looking men, three loud bangs and the sight of his wife, Beatrice Adhiambo and brother, Ayub Nyaoke, lying in pools of blood keeps replaying in his mind, he said.

It happened on August 12 last year at the Maru Jewellery shop in Corner House.

He was to wed his wife Beatrice at the St Christopher’s ACK Church in Mathare North and they were on their final preparations for the ceremony.

Ayub, Newton’s brother was an anti-stock theft police officer attached to the Trans Mara police post.

The three were in the shop to pick wedding rings when two gunmen arrived, ordering them to lie down and close their eyes. Another man was standing at the entrance.

“I heard three gun shots, followed immediately by women’s screams. I could not tell whether it was one or many women crying. In a flash, everything was quiet again except for the sound of my brother’s fading wails,” Mr Nyaoke said.

“When I opened my eyes, my wife was lying dead, with a bullet hole on her forehead, while my brother was next to her with two gunshot wounds. My wife was dead, but my brother was still alive, though critical. He later died at the Kenyatta National Hospital. I refused to believe that it was happening to me,” he recalled at the Runda home that he guards.

It was not a robbery, police said, as nothing was stolen from the jewellery shop that stocks expensive gold and silver rings. 

Newton, a security guard employed by KK Security firm, said he had never understood why anyone would have wanted to kill his wife.

“That’s the question I would ask if I met the person who did it,” he said.

“They have made my life miserable. I can never get used to the fact that the woman I had loved for 13 years and had four children with died before me and there is nothing I did to stop the attackers,” he says.

He wandered why he had never seen police officers at his house to investigate what he terms the murder, saying he thought it was linked to his brother Ayub having been a witness in the imposter police officer Joshua Waiganjo’s case. 

No arrests have so far been made following the incident which Nairobi Central police chief Patrick Oduma termed murder.