Murdered university student Ivy Wangechi’s mother Winfred Waithera has disputed the suspect’s claims that he financially invested in her daughter.
The trial against Naftali Njahi Kinuthia resumed on July 8, with five witnesses, including Wangechi’s mother Winfred Waithera, testifying before High Court Judge Stephen Githinji.
The sixth-year student at Moi University was allegedly killed by her ‘boyfriend’ Kinuthia.
According to Eldoret East DCI boss, Kinuthia allegedly confessed to the killing, saying his anger was sparked by Wangechi’s actions to ignore her “in spite of investing emotionally and financially in her.”
In court, Waithera described her daughter as hardworking, soft-spoken and obedient. “She would not argue with anyone even if she didn’t agree with them, not even with her siblings or me,” the mother said.
She told the court she had never been introduced to the suspect and only knew him as her daughter’s schoolmate at Joyland School, Thika, before Ivy was transferred.
The deceased’s mother maintained that she, alongside her father, had always provided for their daughter’s academic and basic needs. “No one else did, and if anyone sent her money, then what could be the motive?” she posed.
Two days before her murder, Waithera told the court, Ivy had called her using a new number. She didn’t explain the reason behind changing her number nor mentioned any threats to her life.
Dr. Andrew Koinange, Wangechi’s classmate who walked with her to class on the fateful day, testified that they stopped for some quick breakfast at a food cafe next to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital(MTRH).
On their way to class shortly afterwards, Koinange revealed that he saw a man with an axe approaching them from behind and signalled the deceased to run.
“I ran towards the hostel, but Ivy fell down. I tripped and when I turned to look back, I saw the attacker hit Ivy’s head twice with the axe. Afterwards, he attempted to run away but a crowd that was forming tried to stop him and he started swinging the axe against them,” Koinange said.
A grey cap, light blue shirt and dark grey jacket- attire donned by the suspect that day, were presented as exhibits in court, along with the axe and a knife.
Another witness, farmer Jackson Ng’etich told the court he was from a medical checkup at St Luke’s Hospital and was heading to Eldoret town when he witnessed the attack.
“I saw a slim man attacking a woman clad in a white dust coat. He attacked her twice and I tried throwing a stone at him to stop him from further attacking the woman, but he ran towards me with a knife in his hand and I tried to avoid him,” Ng’etich said.
The deceased’s uncle, John King’ori, said the family was informed of Ivy’s death through the school dean, and he was the one who identified her body at the MTRH morgue.
An autopsy conducted by Dr Benson Macharia revealed that the student succumbed to excessive bleeding from the deep cuts on her neck and left side of her head.
The case was adjourned to July 22, when more witnesses are expected to testify.