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14 witnesses to testify in murder trial of KDF man

By Daniel Chege | September 17th 2020 at 07:00:00 GMT +0300

Kennedy Oloo and his late wife Leah Nasuhu. [Mercy Kahenda]

The prosecution has lined up 14 witnesses to testify against a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldier charged with the murder of his wife.

Prosecutor Rita Rotich yesterday informed Justice Rachel Ng’etich that they needed three sessions within two working days to start and conclude their case.

Ms Rotich told the judge that the family of the deceased would be the first to testify in the trial.

Rotich urged the court to grant them two days for the trial of Kennedy Oloo.

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Among the witnesses are four colleagues of Mr Oloo, a doctor who will provide the postmortem report and the investigating officer.

Defence lawyer Steve Biko urged court to grant them a nearer date for the trial to commence, noting that the case had delayed because of the pandemic.

Denied charges

Justice Ng’etich set hearings for January 25 and 26, 2021.

Oloo, who is stationed at 81 Tank Battalion Military Barracks in Lanet, is accused of killing his 26-year-old wife Leah Nasuhu on June 11 at their home in Kiamunyeki, Nakuru North sub-county in Nakuru County.

He was arraigned on June 22, but denied the charges. He is out on a surety bond of Sh500,000.

Meanwhile, a woman has denied killing her husband, a police officer attached to Mau Summit police station in Nakuru.

Betty Yegon, who appeared before Justice Teresia Matheka yesterday, denied killing Constable Gilbert Kipng’eno on July 24 at the police station located in Kuresoi North sub-county.

She entered a plea after doctors from the Rift Valley General Hospital declared that she was fit to stand trial for murder.

The court heard that the suspect allegedly used a hoe to clobber the husband after a domestic quarrel.

According to a postmortem report presented before the court and which was conducted by George Biketi, Mr Kipng’eno died due to a head injury from a blunt force trauma.

The case will be mentioned tomorrow. 

Kenya Defence Forces Kennedy Oloo Leah Nasuhu
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