BY CORRESPONDENT,KIAMBU,13TH FEB,2019-Prime suspects in the murder of Kiambu woman Mary Wambui Kamangara appeared in court on Wednesday after 14 days in custody.
Tension was real in parked Kiambu court as the suspects and their relatives followed the proceedings as some recorded it using their phones.
It was Joseph Kori Karue who first appeared in the dock, followed by his mistress Judy Wangui Mungai and later the car hire businessman after the case was consolidated.
Karue broke down several times as the defence made its case against an application by the police to hold them for a further 14 days to conclude their investigations.
His lawyer told the court that Karue is a family man and would suffer more if he is detained.
The defence team for the two other suspects made similar pleas for their clients.
-Ombeta damning allegations-
It was however lawyer Cliff Ombeta’s submissions that triggered Wangui’s emotions.
Wangui was being held at Juja Police Station, where Ombeta told the court she underwent untold suffering.
“My client was tortured as two female police officers tried to extract information from her. They also attempted to coerce her to alter her statement, I don’t know in whose favour,” Ombeta submitted.
While in custody, lawyer Ombeta told the court presided over by Senior Principal Magistrate Stella Atambo that the officers “even inserted chili inside her private parts.”
He claimed that there were visible body marks on Wangui as a result of the alleged torture.
The prosecution however denied the claims saying, “we did not require police to torture the second respondent to get any information or even to change her statement.”
The prosecution urged the court to order a probe to establish the authenticity of the claims.
Three suspects implicated in the murder of Mary Wambui Kamangara have been detained for 14 more days to allow police complete investigations.
Kiambu Senior Principal Magistrate Stella Atambo directed the accused be deatained at Muthaiga Police Station.
The case will be mentioned on February 27, 2019.
Ms. Kamangara was killed on January 26, 2019 at an apartment in Fourways Junction on Kiambu Road, where Judy Wangui lives in a suspected love triangle gone sour.