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Police to detain Njenga Karume’s grandson in murder case

A grandson of former Defence Minister and business tycoon, the late Njenga Karume will be detained for another 10 days, a court has ruled.

This is after the police successfully made and application to continue detaining Kenneth Karume, 30, at the Kiambu Police station to facilitate further investigations.

Karume’s grandson was arrested last Thursday on suspicion that he threw his girlfriend, Victoria Wairimu, to death from the fourth floor of an apartment block.

The prosecution, led by police constable Kiongo Karima, had in a sworn affidavit asked the Kiambu Principal Magistrate Mr Justus Kituku to extend his detention by 14 days.

The accused is said to have pushed Ms Wairimu, mother of a four year-old son, from the balcony at the Gracia Apartment in Kiambu Town and killing her on the spot.

SHOUTING FOR HELP

According to witnesses, there was commotion in the victim’s house, with the deceased shouting for help before she went silent.

Afterwards, there was commotion outside and as neighbours rushed out, they found her body lying outside the compound of the apartment.

Lawyer Stephen Kibunja, for the accused, argued that two weeks detention was too much considering that the accused had been  in custody for four days. He asked the court to grant the prosecution seven days only.

But magistrate Mr Kituku ruled that the accused be detained for only 10 days. He told the prosecution that they had an option for applying for a further extension should the days given lapse before the investigations are over.

The magistrate also ordered the police to ensure that the accused is taken to a hospital to receive treatment for injuries he suffered after he was attacked by an angry mob.

Unable to control herself, the deceased’s mother, Ms Ruth Nyakio stood after the case was over, held Ms Wairimu’s picture on one hand and a Bible on the other.

She displayed the picture to the magistrate and the packed courtroom, and kept saying; “There is God who represents the poor and a God who represents the rich but they all meet at the same point and I know my God will preside over this case.”