Suspects in Nyamira couple murder case locked up for 30 days pending investigations
The suspects took plea at the Nyamira high court before Justice Winfridah Okwanyi.
US based couple murder suspects on Thursday were arraiged in Nyamira high court where they pleaded not guilty to the murder charges
Peris Ondara, Peter Ondara and Peter Njoroge pleaded not guilty to the murder charges of Murder Edward Morema and Grace Morema between 20 and 21 of March 2023 at Egetugi village in Masaba North Sub County in Nyamira.
The couple had visited the country for holiday before they were found murdered at their Nyamakoroto palatial home with their hands and legs tied using binding wires and bodies lying in a pool of blood in different locations within the house.
While Mong’ina’s body was found in her bedroom in a pool of blood, Morema’s was recovered in the garage on the ground floor of the one-storey mansion.
An autopsy report released later by the government pathologist indicated that the two died as a result of strangulations and blunt object injuries on their heads and upper limbs.
Prosecutions through state cousel Joel chirchir asked for the case to be consolidated with another case coming up in tbe court on Tuesday 30th.
The lawyers for the accused persons asked the court to move the accused persons to either Sotik or Kericho GK prisons instead of Kisii Prisons due to hostility from the community.
However, his prayer was not granted by the court since the court ruled that no amount of threays or tension that can extend to the Kisii Main Prisons to harm the suspects.
She said the suspects will be remanded at the Kisii main GK awaiting their hearing and trial.
Another suspect in the case Dennis Ondara was not present in court.He was arrested a week ago crossing to Tanzania at the Isebania boarder town in Migori County by DCI officers.
"I am not persuaded that the security o the accused persons will be at jeoperdy at Kisii Prisons as tbey await their trial.
I therefore direct that the accused persons be remanded at the Kisii Main prisons awaiting trial," the court ruled.