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Two key witnesses in murder case against city askaris charged

Two prosecution witnesses in a murder case against three Nairobi county askaris have been charged with an offence of damaging a motor vehicle belonging to the county government.

Ms Josephine Wambui and Ms Naomi Ndida appeared before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo where they denied the charge.

The accused were arrested on January 21 and taken to Central police station. They have each been released on a cash bail of Sh10,000.

Mr Ogembo was told that the accused, who are hawkers along Tom Mboya Street, willfully smashed four glass window of a motor vehicle registration number KAM 032T  valued at Sh15,000 belonging Nairobi City County.

The trial magistrate ordered the accused to be released on cash of Sh 10,000 or alternative bond of Sh 100,000 with one surety of similar amount. Their case will be heard on February 18.

The accused are expected to give evidence against Mr Alfred Ongesi alias Brown and Mr Julius Ochieng who have been charged with killing Mr Irungu Kamau, a hawker, on September 2013 at Nyam Hotel along Duruma Road Nairobi.

The high court has since issued a warrant of arrest against a third suspect ,Mr Ambani Akasi, whom the police said is on the run.