NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 7 – A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death in Nairobi’s Nyayo Estate in December last year was on Thursday charged with murder.
Martin Kunguru Opiyo Junior denied the charge when he appeared before High Court judge James Wakiaga. He is alleged to have killed his girlfriend Charity Mukami in his house on December 15.
The judge ordered Kunguru to remain in custody until January 28 when his private doctor will give a second opinion on his mental status. But a government document produced in court on Thursday morning indicated that Kunguru is mentally fit to stand trial.
The body of the victim was found in Kunguru’s house, a week after she had disappeared from her parents’ home in Tassia, Embakasi.
According to the family of the deceased, Mukami left her parents’ house on December 15 but said she would be back for dinner later that evening.
However, after she failed to show up, her parents decided to trace her on phone and when they didn’t get her, they called her boyfriend.
He told them that Mukami had already left his house which got the parents even more worried.
Days later Mukami’s parents decided to check on her at Kunguru’s house only to be greeted by a stench that indicated that all was not well.
They called in the police who broke into the house to find Mukami’s body lying in a pool of blood.
According to police records, the victim was strangled and stabbed with a sharp object.