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Umoja teen gangster charged with murder of high school lover

A 19 year-old teenager was on Tuesday arraigned in court and charged with killing his girlfriend who was a student at St Teresa girl’s secondary school in Eastleigh.

Job Abuga was arraigned at Milimani law courts on Tuesday after a magistrate at Makadara law courts had on Monday referred the case to the high court.

The suspect is accused of killing his 19 year-old girlfriend Nancy Wanza in Umoja III estate on the night of December 30, 2015 and attempting to dispose her body at Kiambu District Hospital.

The suspect has a history of arrests over thefts and muggings in Umoja estate.

LOVERS! Joe and Nancy enjoying the good times. PHOTO | COURTESY
LOVERS! Joe and Nancy enjoying the good times. PHOTO | COURTESY

SUSPECTED BOYFRIEND

Buruburu DCIO Jeremiah Ikao had narrated to Nairobi News last week how parents of the deceased had reported to police the disappearance of their daughter and how they suspected that the boyfriend had something to do with it.

At the time, police had no evidence linking him to the disappearance, but he was arrested and released on a cash bail and ordered to be reporting to the police station every week.

He was later arrested and put in police custody after the court granted police seven days to finish their investigation and arraign him in court.

On Tuesday morning, the suspect was remanded pending mention of the case on March 3, 2016 and hearing on May 2016. His lawyer asked for a bond hearing which will be considered during the mention.

LEFT: The suspect, Joe Abuga, at Milimani law courts on February 16, 2015. RIGHT: The deceased Nancy Wanza.
LEFT: The suspect, Joe Abuga, at Milimani law courts on February 16, 2016. RIGHT: The deceased Nancy Wanza.

COURT DELAY

Mr Charles Kioko, a brother of the deceased, had on Monday contacted Nairobi News to raise concerns on the delay to arraign the suspect in court.

Buruburu DCIO Jeremiah Ikao confirmed to Nairobi News that there was a hitch on Monday morning that had prompted the delay. The suspect was later arraigned  at Makadara law courts but the magistrate said the murder case could only be handled by the high court.

The deceased is said to have been a gifted athlete who played football in the school’s team and was also a member of the Redeemed Gospel Church Mathare football team.

She will be buried in Sagana, Machakos county, on February 20, 2016.