Eldoret court denies bail to two murder suspects in death of taxi driver

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Magistrate Onkoba stated, “For now, the issuance of bond or bail is suspended. The matter will be revisited on December 18th before the designated trial court.”

The suspects of the murder in court on Monday

In a recent development, the Eldoret Court has denied bail to two suspects implicated in the tragic murder of taxi operator John Muiruri. The body of Mr. Muiruri was discovered on a coffee farm in Nandi County on October 14, 2023.

During the bail hearing, Eldoret Principal Magistrate Mogire Onkoba outlined the reasoning behind the denial, citing several factors. Notably, one suspect expressed an intention to travel to Canada, raising concerns about potential flight risk.

Magistrate Onkoba stated, “For now, the issuance of bond or bail is suspended. The matter will be revisited on December 18th before the designated trial court.”

Family Receives Support from MCA and Expresses Optimism for Justice

Present at the court hearing in a show of solidarity with the bereaved family was Francis Muya Mwangi, the Member of County Assembly (MCA) for Langas Ward. Mr. Mwangi expressed his satisfaction with the court’s decision, emphasizing the importance of pursuing justice for the late Mr. Muiruri.

He declared, “We are gratified by the court’s ruling denying the suspects bail. We remain steadfast in our commitment to attending court proceedings and supporting the family in their quest for justice.”

Grace Muiruri, the widow of the deceased, conveyed her appreciation for the commencement of the legal process. Despite facing the challenges of caring for her children as a single mother, she maintained hope for closure and justice.

Reflecting on her late husband’s role as the family’s provider, she poignantly remarked, “I am grateful that the case has begun, and I am confident that I will get justice. The deceased was our sole source of income; it’s a significant void that I doubt will ever be filled.”

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