Court declines request of Ivy Wangechi’s parents

The High Court on Tuesday declined to transfer Naftali Kinuthia murder case from Eldoret to Nairobi, saying the suspect allegedly killed Ivy Wangechi in Eldoret and not the capital city.

Ivy Wangechi’s parents, though their lawyer Violet Nyakima, had applied to have the case heard and determined in Nairobi.

Judge Stephen Githinji, however, rejected the application.

Naftali Kinuthia, the sole suspect in the gruesome killing of Ms Wangechi, a Moi University student, was on Tuesday charged with murder.

Mr Kinuthia denied the charge.

He was allowed to take plea after the prosecution told the court that a mental assessment conducted on him had confirmed he was fit to stand trial.

Mr Kinuthia, through his lawyer Mbiu Kamau, urged the court to release him on bond, arguing that he would not interfere with the case or abscond court. The judge, however, declined to release him on bond or bail.

The judge also rejected an application for the release of the vehicle used by the suspect, noting that the car part of the evidence in the case.

The mention of the case will be on May 9, 2019 and the hearing on May 10, 2019.

Mr Kinuthia is accused of hacking Ivy Wangeci with an axe outside the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital on April 9, in what is believed to have been triggered by unreciprocated love.

Ms Wangechi was laid to rest on April 18 at her parent’s rural home in Mahiga, Nyeri County.

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