Man Detained After Accidentally Hammering Wife to Death

Criminal in Handcuffs

A Kiambu court has allowed the police to detain a man for 14 days on suspicion that he murdered his wife during a heated argument in Juja Sub-county of Kiambu County.

Chief Magistrate Patricia Gichohi allowed officers to detain Michael Mburu Mwaura at Juja police station Tuesday as per the request of the investigating officers.

In his application number 435/2019 Police Constable Cornelius Aruasa attached to the DCI office in Juja requested for the 14 days to carry further investigations into the killing, stating the accused was a flight risk and that he might also interfere with investigations if set free.

An overview image of Juja Town

According to Aruasa, he intends to conduct a postmortem to ascertain the real cause of death of the late Catherine Nyambura.

The court also intends to conduct mental assessment on the accused to enable the investigating officers to conduct a psychiatric examination on the suspect prior to charging him with the offence of murder.

In the time allocated to him, Mr. Aruasa also intends to record statements from crucial witness in Darasha area in Juja sub-county who are mostly neighbors to the couple in question.

He also intends to compile police file and forward it to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for perusal and advice.

When given an opportunity to defend himself, Mr. Mwaura told the court that he accidentally killed the wife with no malicious motive whatsoever.

The court heard that the subject arrived in his house within Darasha area. A heated argument ensued between him the wife over undisclosed matter which led to a fist fight.

In the course of the ensuing melee, the suspect is said to have taken a hammer and hit his wife twice on the head, where she instantly succumbed to the injuries and died.

The investigation officer also told the court that the suspect surrendered himself at Juja police station where he reported the crime he claims to have committed accidentally.

Police transporting body found at a murder scene

Aruasa also added that police found the body of the late Nyambura on a bed and they immediately transferred it to Thika Level 5 Hospital mortuary for postmortem, which was yet to be conducted.

The case is set to be mentioned on October 4.

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