Jane Muthoni Mbuthi, accused in the murder of Solomon Mwangi, former Kiru Boys Secondary School Principal, refuted delivering her slain ex-husband to killers as claimed by the prosecution team.
In the case appearing before justice Joel Ngugi, the accused broke down in tears as she recalled the events surrounding her husband’s disappearance that led to his untimely death.
Deposing before the court, the accused stated that it was only through the Murang’a Sub-county Director of Education that she had learnt of the disappearance and murder of the former Kiru Boys secondary School Principal arguing instead that the last time she had seen her husband was on the weekend between November 5 – 6, 2016 where he had bade her and their three children goodbye as he went back to his workstation in Murang’a whereas she had been informed and learnt of the ordeal on November 7,2016.
“The education official called me at around 7 am to inquire why my husband had not reported to the examination centre to pick up exam papers. The sub-county education director then went to Kiru Boys and broke into his house, but he was nowhere to be found,” said the widow.
The widow further informed the court of an apparent breach in security of their phones which the couple had already discovered. This security breach had made the couple avoid communicating via phone calls opting instead to use the whatsapp messaging application as it was more safer.
In distancing herself further from involvment in the murder of the high school principal, she deposed to the court that detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations had picked up a signal from the late Mwangi’s phone. The signal indicated that he was around Kiriani area, Murang’a County on November 6,2016 at 8.40 p.m.
The accused also asserted that she had been involved in the search of her late husband with the help of an in-law.
Furthermore, the accused recounted her movements on the fateful day that her ex-husband was reported missing. The accused deposed that together with the Chairman of Board at Kiru Boys, who had accompanied her, they had filed a missing person’s report at the CID department in Kasarani Police Station. Later on the two drove to Thika mortuary after receiving a damning call informing them that a body had been found and immediately required identification. A body which turned out not to be of her husband
Later in the day the accused filed a report at the Ruiru CID which was redirected to Gatundu Police Station where the accused reported that her husband was missing.
The widow told the court that she also stopped at Mukurwe on her way back to their home in Gatundu. “On November 8, I was also at Mukurwe, a place I frequently visited to pick traditional vegetables. I was never near the place where my husband’s body was found.”
It is from this moment that the accused recalled word started spreading that she had been involved in the murder of her ex-husband Mwangi so that she could benefit from a Ksh 10 million loan he had taken.
“I received a phone call from the secretary of Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege who said that she had heard rumours about me killing Mwangi. The lady told me that some principals were questioning why I had reported my husband’s disappearance at the Kasarani Police Station.”
Finally, the widow refuted rumours of engaging in extra-martial affairs with a Isaac Ng’ang’a, a CID officer, who she wanted to use to kill the slain Kiru Secondary school principal.
“The officer in question is Nelson Njiru, who was a supplier not only in the school I managed but also Kiru Boys, where my husband taught,” Muthoni said. “I communicated with Njiru using my husband’s number, which I had inserted in his laptop, from 11 pm to 1 am on the night of November 5 and 6. I would also chat with him using my number to inquire about the Internet,” she added.
The accused is expected back at the Kiambu law court on March 18 and March 19 when more witnesses will be availed.
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