Three suspects who were arrested in connection to the murder of 22-year-old Egerton University student have been released on a KSh400,000 bond.
Nakuru Principal Magistrate Lilian Arika ruled that prosecution had not proved how detaining the suspects for 14 days would derail their murder investigations.
The body of Eunice Njeri, a fourth year student at Egerton University, was found dumped in River Subuku on December 7, 2020.
Diana Njeri Muthiomi, Tamar Wambora Njeru and Eric Maingi Mutuma were, however, ordered to present themselves to the nearest police station whenever required.
An autopsy conducted on Njeri’s body revealed that she was strangled, before being dumped in the river in Njoro, Nakuru County.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) says that Njeri was murdered by her friends, in a suspected love triangle.
Diana and Tamar, who are also Egerton University students, reportedly suspected Njeri was having an affair with Diana’s husband- Eric Maingi Mutuma.
“A day before Njeri was killed, Diana and Tamar had left for a funeral in Nakuru leaving behind the deceased with Diana’s husband,” says DCI. “It is after they returned late at night that they suspected a brewing love affair between the two.”
A confrontation is reported to have ensued, followed by a bitter exchange of words.
“The following day, the deceased was called by Diana & Tamar, to ostensibly settle the matter, never to be seen alive again,” adds the DCI.
A forensic analysis by homicide detectives have since placed Diana at the scene of crime.
In the wee hours of December 7, forensic analysis says, Diana was at the exact spot where Njeri’s body was found.
The three suspects will be arraigned on Monday, February 22, at the Makuru Law Courts.
Diana and Eric will, however, face an additional charge of electronic fraud after 722 Sim cards and seven mobile phones were found in their house.