Hearing for a case in which Naftali Kinuthia is accused of killing his alleged lover Ivy Wangeci resumed on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at the Eldoret High Court.
The case resumed with the prosecution team presenting further witnesses to testify against Kinuthia, who is facing murder charges.
Appearing before High Court Judge Stephen Githinji, two of Ivy Wangeci’s witnesses told the court that the late was not in a romantic relationship with Kinuthia.
According to one of the friends, the accused would randomly treat them to lunch and dinner among others, including Ivy Wangeci, in hope that he would win over her – but the relationship never moved into a romantic one.
They further told the court that Kinuthia would at times issue threats to Ivy Wangeci that if she doesn’t accept to be her lover, he would demand back his money and that the relationship would end in death.
The witnesses who testified, however, said they had never seen Kinuthia violent, except for the verbal threats.
Naftali Kinuthia is accused of killing Wangeci, a 6th year Moi University Medical student on April 9, 2019.
Court documents indicate that Kinuthia hacked Wangeci to death using an ax as she was headed to her hostel room near the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret town.
The accused denied the charges and has remained in police custody since his arrest, on the same day the crime was committed.
Kinuthia has had three previous bail applications rejected.
Hearing for the case continues for three consecutive days where the prosecution will finalize presenting its witnesses before the court rules whether Kinuthia has a case to answer or not.