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Court postpones case on death of pupil

The case against a teacher accused of beating a pupil to death in Solio, Laikipia County, has been postponed for a third time after the prosecution failed to prefer charges, citing delay in the release of postmortem results.

Ms Cicilia Kinyanjui told a court in Nanyuki that she did not have enough time to study the report that was released on Thursday evening.

“We received the report very late last evening and we had very little time to study it and prefer charges. We therefore request more time to look into the report,” Ms Kinyanjui said.

Chief government pathologist Johansen Oduor, who performed the autopsy on Joy Waguthi, had requested more time to conduct further tests at the government chemist.

The initial examination was done in February and the results would have been released after 30 days.

Mr Oduor requested for one more week.

Hence, police are yet to charge Mr Venezio Njuguna, who was arrested a month ago after being accused of beating a Standard Three pupil from Mukandamia Primary School for being unable to read.

Preliminary findings had however shown accumulation of fluid (pus) in the lower abdomen.

Since no charges have been file against him, Mr Njuguna was released on a Sh100,000 bond after being held for 14 days.

He was ordered to steer clear of the school and not to leave the area.

The lawyer of the pupil’s family, Ms Rose Mbanya, had made an application to bar the teacher from the school fearing that he might interfere with witnesses.

Senior Resident Magistrate Evans Ngige granted the detectives five more days to scrutinise the results.

The case will be mentioned on March 22.

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