Woman sentenced 15 years for killing her husband

Alice Moraa, accused of killing her husband Edward Omwenga appears in court on January 15, 2019. [Kipsang Joseph/Standard]
A woman will spend 15 years in prison for killing her husband.

Alice Moraa was charged with the murder of her husband Edward Omwenga on March 17, 2013 at Teacher’s Estate in Nakuru Town.

Handing out the sentence yesterday, High court Judge Joel Ngugi said the evidence presented by the prosecution against Moraa were overwhelming.

“The prosecution has proven that the accused is guilty. The evidence is overwhelming, however, having considered the accused in mitigation, a minimum sentence of 15 years will be passed,”Justice Ngugi ruled.

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Moraa had pleaded with the court to be lenient by considering the fact that she has children. She said that she was remorseful.

“I respect the decision by the court, but please consider my children who are suffering. They live alone with no parents. I am remorseful for what happened,” said Moraa.

 The mother of four had been in custody from 2013 to 2015, when she was released after a revision of her bond terms.

Case to answer

Only to be arrested again on November 2018 after the court ruled that she has a case to answer.

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Moraa and her husband are said to have lived in their home at Teachers Estate in Nakuru, and had set up some rental houses on their plot.

During the hearing, Rebecca Marunga, a niece to the deceased, told the court that at around midnight on the day the crime happened, she was awoken by the sound of a man groaning in pain.

Rebecca lived with the Moraa family.

The groans lasted for about 30 minutes. Rebecca said the sound was coming from the deceased bedroom.

The late Omwenga had retired to bed at around 10pm with his wife.

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“I heard the door to the couple’s bedroom being opened. Somebody stepped from the bed to the kitchen and opened the kitchen door. Within about five minutes, I heard a glass break, then again the person walked from the kitchen to the bedroom,” Rebecca narrated.

She testified further that out of curiosity, she walked out of her bedroom to find out what was happening.

Autopsy report

She pushed the couple’s bedroom door and found Moraa standing next to Omwenga’s body which lay on the bed.

She noted that the deceased had injuries on the head and the left eye. Blood had spilled all over the bed and the floor.

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An autopsy report presented to court by government pathologist Titus Ngulungu indicated that the deceased had suffered cardiogenic shock due to injury on his heart muscles.

Dr Ngulungu testified that the body had deep wounds on the head, which exposed the skull. There were further wounds on the chest.

In her defence, Moraa said they slept in separate beds in the same bedroom with her husband. She said she woke up only to find her husband dead.

“The murder of the deceased was committed in a brutal manner. There is no doubt that his assailant intended to kill. I’m satisfied that the accused was an active participant,” The judge said.

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