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I murdered Ivy Wangeci- Main Suspect Confesses

Naftali Kinuthia, 32, the key suspect in the grisly murder of Moi University final year medical student, Ivy Wangeci four years ago has confessed to killing his estranged girlfriend.

Kinuthia, who was put on his defense, told Justice Stephen Githinji that he was provoked to kill his estranged girlfriend using an axe after she dumped him in favor of a new lover despite the love and money he had invested on her lavish lifestyle.

In an emotional defense before the packed Eldoret High Court Kinuthia narrated how he used to send money ranging between sh 5,000 and 20,000 to Ivy whenever she was in need of money.

Kinuthia stated that what irritated him most was that whenever his girl-fried wanted money from him, her phone would be on, but after sending her the money, she would immediately block him.

“My girl friend loved partying and she used to ask me for money and I would dutifully send her via her mobile phone to the tune of between sh 14,000 and 20,000 as a gesture for my love to her,” Kinuthia
recounted in court.

In his chilling account of the fateful April 9, 2019 incident, Kinuthia said the made an impromptu visit to Ivy in Eldoret after travelling from Nairobi to give her sh 14,000 for a birthday party she was slated to hold on April 10, 2019.

“I had traveled to Eldoret town from Nairobi with two reasons, one to give her sh 14,000 as part of the money for her budget of birth day party and also extend my apology for not gracing the occasion due to work related commitment at my place of work,” he told Justice Githinji.

However, Kinuthia explained that on arrival in Eldoret town on the fateful day, he tried to call Ivy but her phone was off.

“I had packed my car just twenty metres from the hostel where Ivystayed which is opposite Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret. I then decided to skirt around as a looked for a place to take a short call,” he said.

Kinuthia recalled that as he was coming back to his car, he pumped into Ivy as she was heading to the lecture hall and he told her about his mission including the money he had brought her for her birthday

“The deceased listened to me and after I was through, she then told me I take back my money since her boy friend will cater for the budget of her birthday party. She further told me to go back to Nairobi saying she had nothing to do with,” the court heard.

Kinuthia said that he did not respond to the deceased’s statement but instead walked back to his car while in anger.

“Just a few minutes after we departed, I looked back and saw Ivy hugging and holding hands with a man whom I suspect to be her new catch,” he said.

The court heard that the sight of the alleged new lover who it later emerged was Ivy’s college mate forced the Kinuthia to rush to his car where he retrieved an axe from the boot.

He then followed the deceased from behind and got up with her as she was heading to the MTRH for ward round and without wasting time hit her on the head twice with axe.

The slain student fell on the ground in a pool of blood and died on the spot prompting enraged members of the public who watched the upholding episode from a distance to bay for his blood.

Police officers who were on patrol had to swing into action rescued the murder suspect from being lynched by the irate and rushed him to MTRH emergency section for treatment resulting from mob justice.

Justice Githinji directed the state counsel and lawyers for the deceased family to file their submissions and serve them to lawyers for the suspect within fourteen day.

Likewise lawyers for the key suspect will file their submission and serve the family of the victim.

The matter was set for mention on April 25,2023

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