Three people face charges of killing a Thika based business lady
Two men and a woman have been arraigned before the High Court in Murang’a charged with the killing a Thika based business lady two weeks ago.
James Munene, Purity Wanjiru and Morris Mutwiri who appeared before Justice Hatari Waweru did not take pleas after the prosecution applied for 10 more days to complete investigations.
Assistant Director of Public Prosecution, Solomon Njeru told the court that despite two of the accused Munene and Wanjiru arraigned before a Thika court on March 1, the third accused Mutwiri was arrested on March 14 and police are still interrogating him.
The three are charged with killing Joyce Wambui, a millionaire business lady on the night of February 27 as she entered her home at Maki estate located along Gatanga road.
On March 1, the Thika court ordered Munene and Wanjiru, who was the house help of the deceased to be detained in custody for 10 days which elapsed on Wednesday.
Njeru cited complexity of the investigations on the case pleading with the court to grant him 10 more days.
He told the court that Mutwiri who is husband to Wanjiru was arrested in Embu by detectives from the flying squad unit and he is yet to be interrogated.
Justice Waweru ordered the three to be detained in custody until March 24, when their case will be mentioned.
He also directed that Wanjiru and Munene be remanded in Murang’a prison while Mutwiri remain in police custody at Kirwara police station in Gatanga.
The Judge further appointed lawyer Mwangi Ben to represent Wanjiru and Munene saying the court deputy registrar will appoint a government counsel to represent Mutwiri.
Waweru directed the lawyer Mwangi to go through the accused’s statements to decide whether he will be able to represent both.
The court ordered the prosecution to conduct a mental assessment on Wanjiru and Munene before they are produced before the court on March 24.
Preliminary investigations had indicated that nothing was stolen from the house after the murder.
By Bernard Munyao