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Chief magistrate found dead in girlfriend’s house

Kisumu Law Courts Senior Magistrate Godfrey Hillary Oduor was on Thursday, December 17, 2020, found dead at his girlfriend’s house in South B Nairobi.

The body of Odiwuor was found by his girlfriend Njoki Muhia at his South B Riverbank estate’s house in phase after returning from work at around 6.30 PM.  

Police report reveals that Njoki arrived in the morning finding the house locked from inside, and on peeping through the window saw Oduor’s body lying dead asleep on the bed with foams coming from the mouth.

“On arrival, Njoki found her house closed from [the] inside, and she tried to peep through the bedroom door. Upon checking, she saw her boyfriend namely Godfrey Hillary Oduor, whom she claims to be a chief magistrate at the Kisumu Law Courts, totally asleep but the emitting foam on his mouth,” says a police report filed at the Industrial Area Police Station on Thursday, December 17.

Upon seeing the magistrate all foamy in the mouth, she then took to Hazina police station where she recorded a statement under the OB number 19/17/12/2020

She further divulged that they moved in with the boyfriend a while ago after his house was locked due to piled rent arrears.

The police thereafter rushed to the scene and moved the body of Oduor to the City mortuary, with the matter currently under investigation. The officers said the Magistrate’s body had no physical injuries.

This comes years after the Magistrate made headlines in July 2015 by acquitting renowned Nairobi preacher pastor Ng’ang’a in a murder case where he had been accused of causing the death of a woman by dangerous driving.

Oduor cited that the prosecution witness presented failed to place Ng’ang’a at the crime scene, hence could not be proven whether he was the driver of the range rover that killed the victim Mercy Njeri.

On learning of the Magistrate’s death, outgoing Chief Justice David Maraga eulogized the late magistrate as a long-serving servant of the Judiciary.

“It is with sadness that I have received the news of the death of one of our judicial officers, Chief Magistrate Hon Godfrey Oduor,” Maraga said in a statement on Friday, December 18.

“On behalf of the Judicial Service Commission, the Judiciary, and on my own behalf, I express our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and his colleagues in the Judiciary.

“Hon Oduor served the Judiciary in various capacities since 21st May 2001 when he joined as a District Magistrate II and started his career at Kibera Law Courts.

“He was later posted to various stations including Keroka, Kisii, Limuru, and Nakuru. By the time of his death, he had risen through the ranks to become a Chief Magistrate.

“We are grateful for the time he served the Judiciary and pray that God grants his family the fortitude to bear this loss.”

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    Written by Fred Orido

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