A 29-year-old woman who stabbed her lover three times after a dispute was released on bond after pleading not guilty.
The incident happened at their rented house in Umoja on May 2, 2020. Vigilance Shighi charged with the murder of aeronautical engineer Edward Okello pleaded not guilty on June 9.
Shighi fatally injured Okello, who succumbed to the three stab wounds at Mama Lucy hospital in Kayole.
Police arrested the suspect shortly after the incident, and she has remained in police custody ever since.
Through her lawyers Brian Ongánya and Mwangi Kihira of Mwangi Kihira and company, Shighi made a bail application on June 24.
She further opposed the Directorate of Criminal Investigations declaration of stopping her bond. She promised to attend all court sessions after her bond release.
However, the DCI argued that releasing the culprit might interfere with witnesses’ testimonies.
“I currently don’t have an idea of the prosecution witnesses; hence, the argument that I’ll interfere with there testimonies is biased. Additionally, I don’t have any plans for jumping bail since I have ailing parents and small siblings that I need to look after,” said Miss. Shighi.
She further stated that denying her bail would me her sick parents and siblings don’t get their basic needs. Her family required food, clothing, and medical attention.
Following her pledge, Justice Luka Kimaru released Shighi on a 1 million bond or an alternative Ksh. 500,000 bail.
On the other hand, the deceased father claims he didn’t know the proceedings of the virtual hearing as he was instructed to wait outside. Additionally, no one informed him when the case commenced.
Mr. Fredrick Okello wanted to follow the case proceedings as Miss. Shighi gave her statement pending her hearing trial and bail verdict.