Cops seek longer re­mand of widow of tor­tured prin­ci­pal, wit­ness tam­per­ing feared

Lawyer says pros­e­cu­tion has not given com­pelling rea­sons to keep her and she has a right to bond. She was ear­lier re­manded for seven days

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - ALICE WAITHERA @Alice­wangechi

Po­lice want to hold the widow of mur­dered Kiru Boys Sec­ondary School prin­ci­pal Solomon Mwangi for 14 more days so they can com­plete in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Mu­rang’a prin­ci­pal mag­is­trate An­thony Mwicigi will rule on the ap­pli­ca­tion to­day.

Yes­ter­day a CID in­ves­ti­ga­tor said Jane Muthoni is not the only sus­pect and they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing others still at large.

Po­lice also ex­pressed fear that if Muthoni is re­leased, she will in­ter­fere with in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tions are still in early stages and vi­tal state­ments have not yet been recorded.

The same court had al­lowed the pros­e­cu­tion to re­mand her for seven days last Mon­day.

The pros­e­cu­tion said it in­tends to record state­ments from mem­bers of staff of Ichachiri Girls Sec­ondary School, where Muthoni is a prin­ci­pal.

“We are yet to record state­ments of some mem­bers of staff where she is the prin­ci­pal and she will def­i­nitely in­ter­fere if re­leased,” Cle­ment Mwangi, a homi­cide ex­pert from the CID head­quar­ters, said.

“These other sus­pects must be ar­rested and our op­er­a­tions may be jeop­ar­dised if the sus­pect is re­leased,” the po­lice of­fi­cer said.

Mwangi said even though the sus­pect’s rights are im­por­tant, it is vi­tal to en­sure jus­tice for her hus­band who was bound, tor­tured and stran­gled.

Muthoni’s lawyer Bernard Muriuki ac­cused the po­lice of be­ing slow in their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

He said Muthoni has a right to be re­leased on bond and the grounds pre­sented by the pros­e­cu­tion are not com­pelling enough to war­rant them to hold her longer.

Muriuki said the sus­pect should be al­lowed time to par­tic­i­pate in her hus­band’s burial and take care of her four chil­dren.

Muthoni was ar­rested on Novem­ber 13 af­ter po­lice re­cov­ered her hus­band’s badly mu­ti­lated body dumped in a cof­fee es­tate at Witei­thie in Juja, Ki­ambu county. He dis­ap­peared on Novem­ber 5.

Po­lice also im­pounded a salon car sus­pected to have been used in the mur­der.

It is said to have been driven by Muthoni days be­fore Mwangi was killed.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing ex­tra-mar­i­tal li­aisons in­volv­ing both Mwangi and Muthoni.

/ALICE WAITHERA

Jane Muthoni, the widow of Kiru Boy’s Sec­ndary School prin­ci­pal Solomon Mwangi, in a Mu­rang’a court on Novem­ber 14

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