Nairobi county revenue officer accused of killing wife
A Nairobi county revenue officer has been charged with the murder of his wife whose mutilated remains were found at the couple’s home in Kamulu after he made calls to his father in-law to go find his daughter.
On Monday, a judge overruled a request for bond after lawyer Cliff Ombeta for the murdered woman’s family claimed the accused had threatened potential witnesses in the case.
Mr Johana Munyau Mweni denied he murdered Rose Wairimu Ngugi on April 7 at Kamulu in Njiru, Nairobi.
The prosecution said on the material day the accused called his father in law on his mobile phone to inform him that he had fought with Ms Wairimu who had fallen unconscious.
He is said to have informed his father in law that he left the deceased in the house and that he should arrange to go and check on her or inform any other relative to go and see her.
The police file states that relatives who arrived at the couple’s home managed to enter through a rear door which had been left open and found the woman lying on a bed in a pool of blood.
“After investigations commenced, the accused was arrested on April 8 within the city centre and locked up at Ruai police station. He was taken back to the house the following day for further interrogation with a view of recovering the murder weapon and other exhibits which included a blood stained trouser and a shirt,” Mr Ombeta said.
The DPP recommended Mr Munyua be charged with murder after investigations revealed that instead of rushing his wife to hospital since he had a vehicle he chose to call other people to go check on her.
“It is clear that he had an intention to kill the deceased,” the case file reads.
A postmortem report indicates he inflicted injuries on the head, chest and gouged the woman’s eyes out.
Judge Stella Mutuku ruled that bond terms may only be considered after key witnesses who the suspect are said to have threatened have testified. The case will be heard on June 28.