Just days after delivering a heavy blow to Kenya’s two biggest politicians, Kenya’s presently most famous Judge soon afterwards made another landmark ruling which allowed Nyandarua speaker Ndegwa Wahome back to the County Assembly.
Now, in what is scheduled to be his third major ruling within a space of weeks, Judge Joel Ngugi is once again set to preside over another high profile case in a couple of weeks when he will deliver the judgement for Jane Muthoni who has come to be known as the killer head-teacher, and whose story of how she hired hitmen to execute her husband, also a head-teacher, gripped the entire country.
The prosecution side last month presented their submissions before high court judge Joel Ngugi seeking to have Jane Muthoni and her co-accused Issac Ng’ang’a face maximum sentences over the murder.
In mitigation, Muthoni urged the courts to be lenient on grounds that the family had gone through a traumatic experience.
Joel Ngugi was the lead jugee in the five-member Judges bench which brought the BBI campaigns to a halt by declaring it null and void.
Since then, they have received praise and criticism in equal measure, some calling them heroes while others branding them unpatriotic
Muthoni, alongside her co-accused, were found guilty of killing her husband, and principal of Kiru Secondary School, Solomon Mwangi Mbuthi.
The full story of Jane Muthoni Mbuthi, and her transformation from a dutifully wife and school principal to a murderous convict reads like a story from a crime novel.
When Jane first suspected her husband of infidelity, she reached out to a man called Nelson Njiru to help her solve the issue. Nelson was one of the suppliers of her school.
Nelson connected her to a lady who court records only identified as Damaris, and seemingly worked in a telecommunications company.
. “I know Njiru for five years. He wanted us to meet since there was a lady Mwalimu who wanted help from me,” Damaris told judge Joel Ngugi.
She told the court she met with Njiru and the teacher at Icon Hotel on Thika highway, where the woman introduced herself as Ichachiri Secondary School headteacher Jane Muthoni.
“Muthoni said she would pay Sh200,000 for the person who can provide her with message records of her husband’s phone, but I did not have the means,”
Later, having devised her own means to get the messages, Jane trained her guns on the woman she believed was having an affair with her husband.
He paid a bunch of criminals to eliminate the young woman, who was also an Mpesa agent, but this wasn’t able to happen because the M-Pesa shop was located near Kiria-ini police station and a bank which both had police officers.
It was after this debacle that she then set her heinous plan on her husband who she later organised to have him killed.