Eldoret officer charged with husband’s death denied bail

Tuesday, December 19th, 2023 05:45 | By
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Police constable Lillian Biwott, 32, who is accused of shooting to death her husband Victor Kipchumba, 36, has been dealt a major blow after her application to be released on bond was denied for a second consecutive time.

Justice Reuben Nyakundi of Eldoret High Court directed that the accused be remanded at Eldoret GK women remand prison until February 21, 2024 when her bond application will be heard afresh.

Scores of her family members and friends who had thronged the court in anticipation of her release left dejected following the new development.

In contrast, family members of the victim who were also in the court were happy with the ruling.

Victim’s family

 The victim’s family in their application told the court that there is high likelihood of the accused interfering with prosecution witnesses if released on bail. They told the Judge that one of the key prosecution witnesses is her house help who has been relocated to the accused person’s rural home.

 The presiding Judge denied the administration police woman bond on grounds that she could interfere with prosecution witnesses who are

lined up to testify during her trial slated for next year.

“I have denied you bail because I have looked at the law carefully and it provides for the rights of victims’ which must be protected. I have considered the victim impact statement and a probation report tabled before me and it is not in favour of your release on bond at this time,” ruled Nyakundi.

Although the prosecution did not oppose the granting of bail or bond, the judge noted that it failed to respond to affidavits filed by some of the victim’s family members who are possible witnesses in the case.

The accused is represented by lawyer Oscah Oduor while the prosecution is led by Mark Mugun.

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