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Sisters acused of killing their father to remain in custody

Three women facing a charge of murdering their father in Dagoretti area will be released on bail after all civilian witnesses give their evidence, a court has ruled.

Lady Justice Roseline Korir also directed the prosecution to ensure the witnesses (civilian) are in court during the hearing of the case.

Ms Alice Waweru, Christine Waweru and Agnes Waweru allegedly murdered their father Mr Francis Waweru.

In her ruling, the judge noted that in denying bail twice before, the court delved into the issue of prosecution witnesses and made a decision in order to protect the integrity of the testimony yet to be given.

“That position has not changed; to the extent therefore there are still witnesses who are family members who are yet to testify. The court does not consider it appropriate to grant bail at this stage,” said Ms Korir.

The prosecution had not opposed the release of the accused on bond saying the state did not have any more fears that the sisters would interfere with key prosecution witnesses who are close family members.

Tears flowed freely as emotions ran high during the commencement of the trial in October last year.

A witness Ms Susan Nduta could not hold back her tears at one point while giving evidence against her three sisters.

The accused were also unable to hold back tears when their sister who in her evidence defended them saying they did not kill their dad broke down.

“My sisters had no reason to harm my father,” said Ms Nduta adding that her sisters had good relationship with their parents.

A brother to the accused Mr Patrick Kihara had told the court that there was no reason his sisters would want their dad dead.

“I cannot be convinced they are the ones who killed my father, they had everything to gain if my father was alive,” said Mr Kihara.

The accused allegedly committed the offence on January 6 last year at Ngando area Dagoretti division within Nairobi.

A nephew to the accused is expected to give evidence when the trial resumes on January 21.