In Summary

  • The accused failed to prove before the court that he was romantically involved with Wangechi neither were they married.
  • Wangeci  was hit on the head with the axe.
  • Githinji dismissed Kinuthia’s claim that he was provoked to act the way he did.
  • He is set to be sentenced on November 22.

Naftali Kinuthia, the man accused of attacking and killing Moi University medical student Ivy Wangeci on April 9, 2019, has been convicted of murder.

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Wangechi’s Murder

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Wangechi was hacked to death outside the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret on April 9, 2019, in broad daylight.

Wangechi was laid to rest in Mahiga, Nyeri County on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Judge Finds Him Guilty

While delivering the ruling virtually from the High Court in Malindi on Thursday, October 26, 2023, Justice Stephen Githinji ruled that the prosecution had proved their case  against the accused beyond any reasonable doubt.

“Having listened to evidence that was presented before this court against the accused, I am left with no other option but to convict Naftali Kinuthia for killing the sixth-year medical student Ivy Wangeci,” Justice Githinji ruled.

In his ruling Justice Githinji dismissed Kinuthia’s claim that he was provoked to act the way he did.

According to the judge, Kinuthia used a lethal weapon (a newly sharpened axe with a metal handle) to attack his victim, which left Wangeci with no chance of surviving.

Naftali’s Defence

Kinuthia had told the court that he bought the axe, he used to execute the murder in 2018, for self-defence, saying that he always carried it in his car registration number KCB 836B.

In addition He claimed the knife that was found in his car was added there by an unknown person.

“I find the claim that a member of the public added a knife longer than a kitchen knife in the accused person’s car laughable and unbelievable. Even though people may buy weapons for self-defence, the weapons found on the accused car were not for the purpose of his own security,” Justice Githinji noted.

Naftali Kinuthia Earlier said He Regrets

Earlier Naftali admitted that he regrets what he did,

“This is an incident that I have regretted forever. After thinking about it and reflecting, I knew it would not have happened since there were many ways to get around the situation without causing the death of an innocent person,” Kinuthia told the court.

“Since that day I have felt like I have been secluded from society since killing a person is unacceptable in society.”


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