The fall of the gong:Former Principal handed 30 years in jail for killing husband

The fall of the gong:Former Principal handed 30 years in jail for killing husband

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,3RD JUNE,2021-Former Icaciri Girls Secondary School Principal Jane Muthoni has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for murdering her husband Solomon Mwangi Mbuthi in 2016.

In a ruling made by Justice Joel Ngugi Thursday at the Nakuru High Court, Muthoni was found guilty of plotting her husband’s murder on suspicion of having a love affair with an Mpesa agent in Murang’a.

Muthoni and her accomplice, Isaac Ng’ang’a, alias Gikuyu were found guilty of killing Mwangi who at the time was the Kiiru Boys High School Principal.

Justice Ngugi acknowledged that the two were both first-time offenders and that Muthoni has young children who consider her the sole breadwinner.

Justice Ngugi however said the killing was premeditated as evidence presented in the case had shown that there was intent and several attempts to commit the crime.

Both Muthoni and Ng’ang’a will serve a 30-year sentence but this will be backdated to 2016 when they were arrested.

The mutilated body of the Principal was found covered in soiled gunny bags in a thicket at Karakuta Coffee Estate in Juja, Kiambu County.

That was five days after he had disappeared on November 6, 2016

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), his killers seized him before he picked KCSE examination papers the next morning, the day the national examination was set to begin.

This prompted a search for him. It took detectives drawn from the Homicide Branch, Cyber Crime, Scenes of Crime and Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau days to crack the murder puzzle.

Detectives arrested Muthoni and her two accomplices – identified as Isack Ng’ang’a Wambui and Joseph Kariuki Njuguna alias Karis.

Upon his arrest, Kariuki agreed to a plea bargain which saw him testify against the other two accused.

He also pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter which landed him seven years in jail.

Detectives are still hunting a fourth suspect who helped execute the murder, Nelson Njiru Magati.

 

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