Woman faces murder charge after colleague she fought with dies

Milimani Law Courts

A Nairobi court has allowed police to detain a woman from Kibarage slums suspected to have beaten her neighbour leaving her with injuries that led to her death on 1st January 2022, for eight more days.

Senior Resident Magistrate Jane Kamau allowed the application to detain Clementine Nandutu in order to allow the police to complete investigations.

The investigating officer, PC Charles Muchoya from DCI Gigiri told the court that on 27th December 2021, the suspect fought with the deceased, Mary Njambi Mumbi, causing her injuries that are suspected to have caused her death on new year.

“The deceased died in her mother’s house at Kibarage slums on 1st January 2022,” said the investigating officer.

The court heard that the suspect resides in the same slum and may interfere with investigations if released at this time.

Officer Muchoya wanted the court to grant him 14 days in order to take the suspect for a mental assessment test and give time to a government pathologist to conduct a post mortem. However, the magistrate declined and granted the officer eight days saying 14 days was too long.

In response, Nandutu told the court she did not commit that offence she is accused of adding that the police are acting maliciously to seek her detention.