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Teacher accused of beating pupil to death freed on Sh100,000 bond

A teacher suspected to have beaten a pupil to death in Solio, Laikipia County, has been released on bond after the prosecution failed to come up with a charge.

Mr Venezio Njuguna deputy head teacher of Mukandamia Primary School was granted a Sh100,000 bond after prosecutors told a Nanyuki court that they had not formulated charges against him as post mortem results are not yet out.

The teacher is suspected of beating a pupil, Joy Waguthi on January 26 after she was unable to read and ordered her classmates to the same. She died three days later due to complication believed to be related to the beating.

After being held for 14 days, investigating officers told Senior Resident Magistrate Evans Ngige that the cause of Joy Waguthi’s death had not been determined yet as tests were still being done at Government Chemists.

A post-mortem was conducted on the girl’s body on February 4 by Chief Pathologist Johansen Oduor.

While making a miscellaneous application at the court, the prosecution said that the results are expected to be released in the next one month upon which they will determine whether the teacher should be tried for murder. However, the prosecution noted that statements collected gave similar accounts that the deceased was indeed beaten at the school.

The prosecution allowed for the suspect to be released on a personal bond of an amount deemed favourable by the court.

TAMPER WITH PROBE

The teacher was granted bond but instructed not to leave the area served by the Nanyuki Law Courts and he will have to disclose where he will be staying during the course of the investigations.

He will also be expected to avail himself to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) when required to by the investigating officer.

“The court has agreed to grant free bond of Sh100,000 to the suspect on condition that he does not leave the jurisdiction of the court. He will also be required to give full disclosure of his residence and should avail himself to the police whenever required to,” said the magistrate.

Representing the family of Joy, lawyer Rose Mbanya asked the court to bar the teacher from accessing the school where the girl studied to prevent him from tampering with investigations.

“We request that stricter measures be taken and that the suspect does not continue teaching at the school until investigations are completed to avoid tampering,” said Ms Mbanya.

The magistrate granted the request and ordered that the teacher should not interact with the witnesses and that he should not access the school.

Detectives handling the case will also rely on witness statements from pupils in the school most of which have already been collected.

The case will be brought back on March 17 when the post mortem results are expected to be presented.

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