Son-In-Law Among Seven Suspects Arraigned In A Thika Court Over Mrs. Githitu’s Murder.

Purity Wanjiru Gatugo (extreme right), Mariga Ngugi, Tom Kariuki Kiungo, John Maina Mwangi, Cyril Conrad Chege, James Munene Gatugo and John Wanyoike Muturi when they appeared in a Thika court for the murder of Joyce Wambui Githitu.

The son-in-law to slain Thika businesslady Joyce Wambui Githitu is among seven suspects who were arraigned in a Thika Court on Thursday in connection to her brutal murder on Monday night at her residence in Maki Estate.

Purity Wanjiru Gatugo (the deceased’s house help), Mariga Ngugi, Tom Kariuki Kiungo, John Maina Mwangi, Cyril Conrad Chege, James Munene Gatugo (brother to the house help) and John Wanyoike Muturi, jointly with others not before the court, were accused of killing Joyce Wambui Githitu on the night of Monday the 27th of February 2017.

Cyril Conrad Chege is married to the deceased’s only daughter Mercy Githitu.

The suspects were not required to take a plea and were remanded at the Kirwara Police Station for seven days as the Investigative Officer (IO) assigned to the case Mr. Shadrack Kiplagat requested for more time to complete his investigations.

The I.O. had requested the Principal Magistrate Benson Ireri to be allowed to detain them in police custody until 28th March 2017 in order to give them enough time to compile enough evidence to prosecute the suspects. He also expressed fears that the suspects might escape due to the magnitude of the offences before them.

However, through Nelko Misati, the lawyer representing Cyril Chege, the suspects said that the period requested was too long and therefore requested for its reduction to seven days. Cyril was also said to be sick and needed medical attention. 

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The magistrate ordered Cyril to be taken to hospital to seek medical treatment and attend the funeral of his mother-in-law.

The suspects, who all are in their 20s will report back to court on the 9th March 2017.

The house-girl, Purity Gatugo, is said to have previously confessed that the financier of the hit-squad paid up a down payment of Kshs. 500,000 to execute the murder. She is suspected to have let the assailants in the house.

The businesswoman will be buried next Wednesday at their rural Mukurwe village home in Gatundu North.

The Late Joyce Wambui Githitu owned several commercial buildings in the town all of unknown value.

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