Man held after death of Tuju wife’s lover freed

July 12, 2013 3:41 pm
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Okoth was released following an application by State counsel Tabitha Ouiya/FILE
Okoth was released following an application by State counsel Tabitha Ouiya/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 12 – A nephew of Raphael Tuju’s wife who was arraigned in court last week over the murder of Tony Ogunda has been released after police said there is no evidence linking him to the death.

Cosmas Okoth was set free by justice Roselyn Korir after the prosecution told the court that he was not linked at all with the death of the man accused of wrecking Tuju’s marriage.

Okoth was released following an application by State counsel Tabitha Ouiya.

The court however allowed an application by the State requiring the suspect to be reporting twice a week to the Kilimani police station to assist in the investigations.

Ogunda was found dead two weeks ago on a sofa in a house he shared with Okoth, at the offices of Tuju’s Hope Foundation.

The two had been out drinking that night. Okoth reported the death to the Kilimani Police Station and recorded a statement as a witness.

An autopsy conducted on Ogunda’s body by the government pathologist at the City Mortuary revealed the deceased suffered internal bleeding to his brain following trauma to the head caused by a blunt object.

Okoth was arrested last Wednesday and recorded another statement. He told the police that there was a tussle in the house between Ogunda and other people on the night he died.

When he was first arraigned in court police asked to be allowed to hold Okoth for seven more days in their custody to assist in the investigations.

The judge allowed police to hold him in custody for seven more days and produce him in court on July 7.

Police have also interrogated Tuju, his wife Ruth Akinyi, his son Mano Tuju and Ogunda’s widow Esther Okumu over the death of the former police officer who once served as the ex-minister’s bodyguard.

Ogunda has been the subject of a divorce case between Tuju and his wife, which is still pending in court.

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