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Tuesday, 12 Jul 2016 18:14 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The hearing of a case in which four suspects have been charged with the murder of former University of Nairobi lecturer Stephen Nzuve failed to proceed today after Kangundo resident magistrate Maisy Chesang declined to take up the case.
The four suspects appeared before the magistrate, but she declined to hear the matter, citing jurisdiction limitations. The magistrate said the case was before her superior, a senior principal magistrate, who was not on duty today. She postponed the hearing to August 11.
The suspects, Cyrus Mutunga, Dominic Mutua, Stephen Irungu and Ronald Ngala, are facing counts of murder, robbery with violence, being in possession of stolen property as well as handling stolen property. They have denied all charges and are out on bond.
Kangundo DCIO Wycliffe Sifuna said he had lined up six prosecution witnesses to testify in the case. “I was ready with six witnesses but unfortunately the case could not proceed as the magistrate was away,” Mr Sifuna told the Free Press in an interview.
The late Nzuve, a professor at the University of Nairobi School of Business, was waylaid by four armed men as he drove towards his home on December 12, 2015 before he was led to his house where he was shot dead as his family watched.
The gunmen also robbed the professor of three laptops, two wrist watches, three mobile phones, wedding rings and three ATM cards all valued at Sh420,000.