by Paul Nyongesa
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A village in Sosiot Kericho county has been plunged into mourning after a form three student murdered his classmate over a relationship gone sour.

In the incident that occurred yesterday morning at Keben Secondary school, 19-year-old Tony Kiptoo, stabbed Irene Chelagat, 22, on the left side of her chest killing her on the spot for turning down his romantic overtures.

Kiptoo, who was determined to end Chelagat’s life had carried a kitchen knife from home to school and committed the horrific act just before the morning lessons began.

Irate classmates descended on Kiptoo as others screamed attracting the attention of the teacher on duty Kenneth Korir, who was at the staff room preparing for the day’s lessons.

He immediately rushed to the classroom and found the suspect being roughed up as other students were trying to assist the victim, who was bleeding profusely.

Together, they rushed Chelagat to Sosiot medical centre where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Preliminary investigations by our detectives based in Belgut indicate that the two had been in a love relationship that had since ran its course and the lady had moved on.

With the pain of rejection too much bear, Kiptoo who had already wished his estranged girlfriend peace in death by inscribing the initials R.I.P on a photo later discovered in his cubicle, carried his mother’s vegetable knife and left for school.

According to the deceased’s classmates, Kiptoo became furious after discovering that his former lover had found a new catch, who had since bought her a new smartphone.

Mr Korir, who is still reeling from loss of one of his students described Chelagat as a diligent and hardworking student, who performed exceptionally in his English subject.

Meanwhile, the murder suspect is currently in court as detectives seek custodial orders to allow them prepare a watertight case against him.

“Sirudushi” see how a middle-aged woman was arrested after failing to refund money send to wrong number

A woman who refused to revert Sh53, 100 accidentally sent to her via mobile money transfer, has been charged with theft.

At Kibera law courts, Christine Nthenya Munyao was on Thursday charged with stealing the money from Paul Mumo Kiongera in Westlands, Nairobi on April 25.

Kiongera sent the money to Ms Munyao accidentally and the suspect allegedly sent the money to her friend.

He was sending Sh53, 100 to Ms Munyao to pay construction workers at a site along Raphta road in Westlands when he accidentally sent the cash twice totaling Sh106,200.

The complainant contacted Ms Munyao who denied having received the second batch of Sh53, 100.

However, her Mpesa statement allegedly indicated she had received the money.

Kiongera reported the matter at Kileleshwa police station and Ms Munyao was arrested.

She denied the charges before resident magistrate Jacline Onjwang and was released on a cash bail of Sh100, 000 and an alternative bond of Sh200, 000.

The case will be mentioned on May 12.

Elsewhere, Elsewhere, Four men suspected of robbing motorists along the Southern By-pass in Nairobi while armed with a firearm and crude weapons were charged with robbery with violence.

They are Kennedy Nyongesa, Alexander Litunda Ikocheli, Evans Ouma and Samuel Anjelika.

At Kibera law courts, the four men are facing multiple counts of robbery with violence after committing the alleged offences on diverse dates in May last year.

In the first count, they are accused of robbing Yvonne Achieng Onyango of three mobile phones and a bag all valued at Sh194, 000 in May 2021 while threatening her with a firearm and crude weapons.

Ms Onyango was inside her car when she was attacked by three suspects alleged to be Nyongesa, Ouma and Ikocheli.

In the second count, they are accused of robbing Mary Wanjira Muiruri of three mobile phones, a wallet and baby diapers bag all valued at Sh40, 000 while armed with a firearm and knives on May 16 last year.

Ms Muiruri was ambushed by four men armed with a firearm and knives who robbed her while threatening to use violence on her. She was robbed by four suspected to be Nyongesa, Ikocheli, Ouma and Anjelika.

Others robbed in the same way include Prisca Mbusu and Tom Onyango who were ambushed and robbed of their valuables in the same highway on May 20 and 22 last year respectively, after stopping along the highway.

All the robberies took place between 10am and 1pm and motorists were ambushed after stopping along the highway. The suspects were traced and arrested by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers after the reports were made at Langata police station.

The four were first charged last year jointly with a fifth suspect who was discharged before they were charged afresh after remaining in custody for over 10 months.

They denied the charges before senior principal magistrate Derrick Kutto.

They have been granted a surety bond of Sh1 million without the option of a cash bail and are in remand after failing to bond themselves out.


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