The family of Juilus Mathu, a Nakuru-based businessman who was abducted and killed in 2017 is still seeking for justice four years on.
Mathu was abducted and later murdered on December 1, 2017 after his family failed to pay a KSh8 million ransom to the abductors. The prime suspect in the murder is the deceased’s widow.
A Nakuru court on Thursday, June 3 heard damning testimony of how Gladys Wambui, who allegedly orchestrated the murder of her husband, communicated with suspected killers.
Appearing before Justice Teresia Matheka, Joseph Mwangi- a prosecution witness in the murder case of his brother Mathu, said that Wambui made and received numerous mobile phone calls on the day the deceased went missing.
According to Mwangi, during the search for the missing Mathu, Wambui was very busy on her phone. He also told the court that the abductors only wanted to communicate with her and not any other member of the family.
Efforts by the family, the witness said, to reach the abductors proved futile, as they only received Wambui’s calls.
“My elder brother Samuel Mwangi asked the accused (Wambui) who she was speaking with but she lied that she was talking to her pastor,” he testified, adding: “She [Wambui] was more terrified when detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations said they had traced Mathu near Nakuru North Cemetery.”
Samuel Mwangi, the elder brother to the deceased, also told the court that Wambui deleted some messages from her phone after her husband’s body was discovered near the cemetery.
Wambui is accused of orchestrating the murder of her husband by allegedly paying hitmen KSh1.2 million.
She is accused alongside Alex Muhonja, James Mwaura, Nicholas Mudegu and Rahab Mukenyi.
Mathu Mumo, the deceased father, told the court on January 2021 that his son Mathu and Wambui were in constant fights over financial issues. “In one of the fights, both of them sustained injuries,” he told the court.
The father also said that a month before the kidnapping and subsequent murder of his son, Wambui had left their Kiratina matrimonial home in Nakuru Town East.
“As a members of the family, we sought the help of the area chief to resolve the dispute and that’s when we realised the two were fighting over money. The issue was never resolved and Wambui packed her bags and left with the children.”
Mumo says that Wambui returned after two weeks and the kidnapping and murder happened.