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DPP cites tampering in ex-soldier's case

Thursday January 23 2020

Peter Mugure

Former military officer Peter Mugure at the High Court in Nyeri. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

MERCY MWENDE
By MERCY MWENDE
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The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has raised concern over interference in a case in which a former Kenya Defence Forces soldier is accused of murdering his estranged wife and two children.

During a pre-trial conference, State Counsel Peter Mailanyi told Justice Jairus Ngaah that the sister of Mr Peter Mugure, who is the prime suspect in the case, had visited the second suspect, Mr Collins Pamba, on January 6, 2020 at GK Prison in Kerugoya.

Mr Mailanyi told the court that Mr Mugure’s sister asked Mr Pamba to recant his statement and say that he was coerced to give that information.

The court heard that Mr Pamba informed one Corporal Mwaniki, who is the investigating officer, who, in turn, recorded a statement with prison warders as proof that Mr Mugure’s sister had indeed visited the premises.

The State counsel also said that he had records that showed Mr Mugure’s sister signed the prison’s register that day.

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In that regard, the prosecution said that it intends to file a further affidavit opposing Mr Mugure being released on bond.

“If the suspect is released on bond, there is a high likelihood that he will interfere with investigations; we have, therefore, decided to file a further affidavit to oppose his release,” Mr Mailanyi said.

The prosecution has lined up 26 witnesses to testify against the former soldier accused of murdering his wife Joyce Syombua and their children, Shanice Maua and Peter Mwaura Jr.

Mr Mugure’s lawyer, Mr Kimani Njuguna, said he was not opposed to the prosecution’s request for more time to file a further affidavit.

However, he said he had not been furnished with statements from police recorded by prison wardens at Kerugoya GK Prison, statements from three witnesses and a psychiatrist’s report.

Mr Njuguna said the accused was yet to be given back his belongings, which were confiscated during the time of arrest for use in investigations.

Justice Ngaah ordered that Mr Mugure’s lawyer be furnished with all the documents. The case will be heard on January 30.