Ex-KDF officer Peter Mugure denied bail in Syombua murder case


Ex-KDF officer Peter Mugure denied bail in Syombua murder case
FILE PHOTO | Peter Mugure appears before a Nanyuki court on November 18, 2019. PHOTO | CITIZEN DIGITAL

Former KDF officer Peter Mugure will remain in custody throughout his trial after the High Court in Nyeri denied him bail.

The main suspect in the murder Joyce Syombua and their two children is said to have attempted to interfere with a witness through a proxy.

Justice Jairus Ngaah said that he is satisfied that the State has supplied enough evidence to warrant the denial of bail and the safer option is to retain the accused in custody.

The prosecution had opposed Mugure’s release saying that he could interfere with key witnesses including his co-accused Collins Pamba, whose statement the prosecution has build their case on.

The hearing has been set for March 23.

Mugure was arrested in November last year after the bodies of Syombua, Shanice Maua and Prince Michael were discovered buried in a shallow grave.

Two other suspects were also arrested days later.

They are James Maina Mwangi (who was a technician at Nanyuki 43 Ordinance Composite Company) and Collins Pamba (who was a casual labourer at the senior officers’ mess in the Laikipia Airbase).

The deceased had been reported missing on October 25 after visiting the army officer in Nanyuki.

Mugure had previously been ordered by a court of law to pay maintenance costs for his children after DNA tests were carried out to prove paternity.

After they went missing in October, the officer who is stationed at the Laikipia Airbase, was questioned by the DCI and confirmed that he had picked them up from the main bus stage.

He told detectives that they all spent the night at the Airbase.

It is alleged that they remained at the base until 3pm the next day before proceeding to Kirimara Springs Hotel where they had late lunch and possibly a family night out.

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