Mr. Zakaria Ngasura, a 65-year-old retired primary school head teacher from Nandi County, appeared before Justice Joseph Karanja at the Kapsabet High Court on Thursday, where he was charged with the murder of his wife Rose Cherono Ngasura on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2023.
According to records, the accused murdered his wife at their home in Kiprambu village, Chepkumia ward, as she was stabbed while sleeping and died while being transported to Kapsabet Hospital by her husband.
Mr. Zakaria denied the charges through his lawyer, Charles Sagasi, and the court ordered that he be remanded at Eldoret GK Prison in Uasin Gishu county, where he has been detained for the past two weeks because 16 witnesses have been lined up to testify against him on murder charges.
Following his application for bail, State Counsel Juliet Asiyo from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) stated that his safety was jeopardized because the victim’s family was still enraged and he could be attacked.
“As there is still a great deal of hatred and enmity in the village where the murder occurred, bail shouldn’t be granted to the accused. For his protection, he should remain in detention,” Ms. Asiyo told the court.
She went on to say that the accused would tamper with the victims because some of them are close family members, and Justice Karanja agreed with the State Counsel and denied bail until the April 12 hearing.