Woman sus­pected of killing hus­band nabbed at air­port at­tempt­ing to flee

De­tec­tives are also look­ing for an Amer­i­can busi­ness­man be­lieved to have col­luded with Shi­raz

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - ALPHONCE GARI @alphonce2011

A woman was on Sun­day night ar­rested for al­legedly be­ing be­hind the mur­der of her hus­band.

The Nairobi busi­ness­man died in un­clear cir­cum­stances in Watamu.

Amina Shi­raz, the wife of Jimmy Babu­ram, is the key sus­pect in the mur­der. She was ar­rested on Sun­day at the Moi in­ter­na­tional Air­port, Mom­basa, mo­ments be­fore she boarded a plane to fly out of the coun­try.

Her ar­rest fol­lowed direc­tives by the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions, who or­dered her to be nabbed and charged with mur­der. She was locked up at the Malindi po­lice sta­tion.

De­tec­tives are also look­ing for an Amer­i­can busi­ness­man be­lieved to have col­luded with Shi­raz.

Ja­cob Sch­mal­zle is sus­pected to have drowned his friend in a Watamu re­sort swim­ming pool in July last year. Babu­ram died on July 26, 2015 at Medina Palms.

The Amer­i­can is said to have es­caped from his Nairobi home after de­tec­tives found fresh ev­i­dence, link­ing him to the mur­der.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­di­cate the two, who have been in a se­cret re­la­tion­ship, col­lab­o­rated to mur­der Babu­ram, while on a fam­ily holiday at the re­sort.

Yes­ter­day, Shi­raz was charged at the High Court in Malindi, but could not take a plea after the DPP asked the court to grant them time to con­duct a men­tal as­sess­ment. She ap­peared be­fore Jus­tice Said Chitem­bwe.

As­sis­tant DPP Vincent Monda said he had or­ders from the DPP to charge the sus­pect with mur­der. He also asked the court not to grant the sus­pect bail.

How­ever, Shi­raz’s lawyer Ki­mani Gicheru op­posed the DPP’s ap­pli­ca­tion. “I don’t see any rea­son on the is­sue of men­tal as­sess­ment com­ing in,” he said. The lawyer said the sus­pect has been at­tend­ing court pro­ceed­ings all the time.

Chitem­bwe or­dered the sus­pect to be taken for men­tal as­sess­ment to­day and be brought to court to­mor­row.

/ALPHONCE GARI

Amina Shi­raz at the High Court in Malindi yes­ter­day

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