Two women in dispute over properties of a Kenya Defence Force pilot who died in Somali fighting Al-Shabaab militants have taken their battle to court as each seeks control of his estate.
Ms Jesca Kiplagat who claims to have been late Sammy Morell’s legal wife has sued Ms Doris Jepkoech who she accuses of invading and taking over their multi-million home and properties in Utawala, Nairobi.
Ms Jepkoech also claims to be Mr Morell’s widow and accused Ms Kiplagat of intruding their home.
Ms Jepkoech made a complaint to the police leading to the arrest of Ms Kiplagat who was subsequently charged with trespass.
In her application, Ms Kiplagat wants the criminal case stopped, claiming it is illegally instigated by Ms Jepkoech, who is a police officer, to intimidate and scare her away from the matrimonial home.
“Ms Jepkoech is a criminal and a fraudster capable of defrauding and stealing from the poor, and has been using her position as a police officer to find her way through. She even attacked and assaulted me but no action was taken since she is a police officer,” said Ms Kiplagat.
She stated that she got married to Mr Morell in 2005 and lived together until July 2015 when he died in a plane crash.
In her affidavit, she says they acquired all the properties with her husband, including the house in Utawala.
She said it was during their marriage that Ms Jepkoech started going out with her husband which led to many fights between them.
The disagreements escalated soon after Mr Morell’s death.