Keroche Boss tells court her late daughter used to send money to older boyfriend

Keroche Breweries CEO Tabitha Karanja and her husband Joseph Karanja at Milimani Law Courts at an earlier date. Photo/Sam Alfan

Keroche Breweries boss Tabitha Karanja has told the court that her late daughter Tecra Muigai used to send money to her older boyfriend.

Her boyfriend, Lali omar is also the primary suspect in her murder.

While testifying in her daughter’s inquest, Karanja told the court that she found out that her daughter had made bank account transactions and mpesa transactions to Lali’s account.

“I became suspicious because Tecra was a young girl so when you see her giving money to this old man I was suspicious….it should be the other way round,” she testified. 

According to her, her daughter was too young to send money to an older man adding that all she wants is justice.

The late Tecra Muigai and her boyfriend Omar Lali

“We are here to seek justice not just because of Tecra but to any other person who is out there to harm innocent kids and want to spoil young kids and also lazy people who don’t want to work,” added Karanja.

Tecras personal assistant also testified on the same and told the court how she got directions from her boss to send money to Lali..

Sarita Ikenye testified that she was never told why the money was not sent to Tecra’s account or number but to Lali’s. She said that the mpesa transactions were between Sh 10,000 to Sh 40,000.

Peter Kariuki, a family friend, testified that the relationship between the two had not been peaceful.

He said that Lali tried to isolate Tecra from her family members adding that her social life with her friends changed when she met her boyfriend.

According to Kariuki the two had many arguments and their driver would always intervene.

He added that when he tried to intervene, Tecra told him that the two have been having arguments which were about Lali not listening to her and never wanting her to be around other people.

Tecra died in May 2020. She was discovered on the floor of a house she shared with Lali. It had been alleged that she had fallen to her death but the police later said investigations revealed her death was not an accident. This led to the arrest of Lali,

However, the DPP later dropped the murder charges preferred on Lali on grounds that there was no sufficient evidence to sustain the charge and an inquest was the best option to establish who caused the death of the deceased 

Hearing will continue on 10th March.