Pherine Maero, a nurse accused of killing her two children caused a stir at the High Court in Kakamega after demanding her matter be given priority. Maero is in court to explain how two children aged seven and nine under her custody died in March last year in their Mwiyala home.
Appearing before Justice Chirchir Chebet, Maero said her case had taken almost a year and some months as the hearing kept being postponed. “This matter was supposed to be heard in July last year but up to date, it has not come up for hearing. My case needs to be given priority,” she said.
Maero went on: “I request the prosecution to line up the witnesses needed to testify in my case so that I can know my fate.” She also requested the judge to grant her bond so that she could attend the court as a free citizen.
“I have a right to bond,” she said.
The prosecution, however, opposed her arguments, saying the accused was a flight risk. According to the prosecution, Maero was denied bond twice by trial judge William Musyoka.
“The witnesses are yet to testify and most of them are close to her. Admitting her to bond terms will jeopardize the case,” said prosecutor Loice Osoro.
Nine-year-old Winston Limusi and Mayson Mito, seven, were found in the house. After allegedly killing the minors, she reportedly tried to commit suicide but was rushed to Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital. An autopsy showed the children were poisoned. The matter will be heard on December 14.