Why Okombe murder case failed to kick off at Nakuru High Court


A murder case involving two suspects linked to the death of rugby player Mike Okombe did not kick off Monday, November 13 because Resident Magistrate Wilson Kitur was away on official duty.

The mention of the case has been rescheduled to Tuesday, November 14.

The Prosecution, led by Amos Chigiti, said the accused persons, Calvin Okoth and Maryanne Mumbi, who was Okombe’s lover-cum-baby mama, were fit to stand trial.

Okoth and Mumbi could not take plea due to absence of the judge.

Initially, police arrested four suspects in connection with Okombe’s murder, but two of the suspects, Eric Mochache and Vincent Omondi, were set free after preliminary investigations were done.

Mumbi’s lawyer, Kamau Chomba, requested the court to remand the accused persons at Menengai Police Station.

Resident Magistrate Wilson Kitur ruled that the suspects will take plea on Tuesday, November 14.

Chief Investigator, Jacob Kathurima, was last Tuesday given six days to conclude investigations into the murder of Okombe.

Okombe, 27, was killed at Kiamunyi in Nakuru Town West Sub-County on November 4, when he and Mumbi, 37, attended a birthday party of a friend.

Rongai OCPD Japhet Kioko said: “Okombe and his lover, Maryanne Mumbi, were attending a birthday party of their friend, Okoth. The two had an argument before Mumbi went for a knife, which she used to stab Okombe to death.”

Okombe was one of the pillars of the Rugby 15s in Kenya. He represented the country in various tournaments. He was part of the Kenya Simba squad that beat Namibia in 2014.

The same squad, which he was part of, went ahead to defeat Tunisia, Portugal and Spain in 2015.



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