Two prime witnesses in the brutal murder of sixth year Moi University Medical Student Ivy Wangechi on Thursday narrated to an Eldoret high court how they saw the accused hack the deceased with an axe in broad daylight.
They were testifying in a case where Naftali Kinuthia faces a murder charge for organizing and executing the gruesome murder of Ms Ivy Wangechi on April 9, 2019 outside the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret.
Dr Andrew Koinange, a classmate to the deceased who was in her company on the day of heinous incident told Justice Steven Githinji that he saw the accused tiptoeing behind the deceased before removing an axe and hacking Ms Ivy on head along Nandi road near Moi University school of medicine as they were both heading to class.
“I was walking beside the deceased about a meter apart, when I saw a figure at the peripheral of my eyes creeping behind Ivy with a rod like thing held above wanting to strike.”
Dr Koinange told the court that he saw Ivy fall to the ground after she was hit by the attacker.
He told the court that when he looked behind he saw the attacker walk around the deceased who had already fallen down and raised the axe before hitting her on the head.
“I looked and saw the accused go round the deceased who had already fallen down. I saw him striking her on the neck using a metallic axe,” Dr Koinange told the court.
Another witness Jackson Ng’etich told the court that he was on his way from St Lukes hospital where he had gone for consultation while heading towards MTRH he saw the attacker striking the deceased twice on the head using an axe.
Mr Ng’etich told the court that his effort to plead with the attacker to spare the victim was futile since the attacker was wild and instead he charged toward him brandishing a sword in his left hand while carrying the axe on the right hand.
He further told the court that upon seeing the accused wielding the knife towards him ran for his dear life as he started screaming and calling for help.
“Due to my old age I was not able to resist the accused from attacking the deceased. As I fell down I started calling for help from nearby boda boda riders who started stoning the accused,” he told the court.
The court heard that the boda boda operators overpowered the attacker before police came in and rescued him from angry members of the public.
Ms Wangechi’s mother, Winfred King’ori, who also witnessed the case was overwhelmed with tears as she narrated to the court how she received information about the unfortunate death of her daughter from the university management.
“As a family we had invested a lot in our daughter hoping that after her university she will give a helping hand to the family,” Ms King’ori.
She told the court that though the accused and the deceased schooled in the same primary school between 1998 to 2003 they were not lovers as it was insinuated by the accused.
“I was one of the closest friends of my daughter, if she had a serious relationship with the accused she would have told me. What I am crying for is justice for her soul,” she told the court
Among other witnesses who have already witnessed is Dr Benson Macharia, a pathologist from MTRH.
The accused allegedly hacked the sixth year medical student outside MTRH as she left the facility after conducting ward rounds routine.
Family lawyer Kiroko Ndegwa hailed the court for fast tracking the case by hearing five witnesses a day.
“I hail the court for being so accommodative by fast-tracking this case. We hope that soon this matter will be determined for the family of the deceased to receive justice,” said Mr Ndegwa.
At the same time justice Githinji told parties involved that the court will not allow any adjournment until all witnesses are heard.