Maribel Kapolon murder: DCI to return documents to suspect

Benson Kimathi Marangu (right) and Francis Otundo before Meru high court facing murder charges of 9...
Benson Kimathi Marangu (right) and Francis Otundo before Meru High Court facing murder charges of 9yr old Maribel Kapolon. Photo | MWENDA KINOTI

The prosecutor in the Maribel Kapolon murder case has been ordered to furnish the main suspect with his personal documents within two weeks.

Chuka High Court Judge Robert Limo directed the prosecution to avail the papers to the court on December 18.

Lawyer to the first accused Benson Kimathi Marangu requested that his client’s academic and birth certificates be surrendered to his client if they will not be used as exhibits in the case.

The two documents are part of those being held by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations(DCI).

The lawyer also sought that the accused be remanded in prison because he has been in a police cell since October 29 when he took a plea.

The sentiments were echoed by the lawyer representing the second suspect Kemunto Magara.

Maribel Kapolon, whose mutilated and decomposing body was found in Upper Imenti on September 16, had been reported missing ten days earlier after being dropped by the school bus.

According to North Imenti Deputy county commissioner Isaac Masinde, the girl was picked by a man known to her as ‘uncle’ whom they believe was Benson Kimathi Marangu who was a former lover to Maribel’s mother, Senior Magistrate Caroline Kemei.

After the incident, an unidentified caller told the family to pay Ksh.500,000 ransom but there was no follow-up for the payment.

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