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How deadly inheritance row between siblings almost turned fatal

By Joseph Openda January 16th, 2023 2 min read

A siblings’ fight over parent’s inheritance has left one person hospitalized, another in police custody with another one on the run.

Police in Gilgil, Nakuru County are investigating the case in which a man is suspected to have attempted to kill his nephew in a deadly brawl over their parent’s property.

The man, Mr John Kirika Mbugua, was arrested by police on Friday evening after he, alongside others siblings, invaded his father’s seven-acre parcel of land in a bid to evict his sister and in the process seriously injuring his nephew. Dennis Kennedy Mbugua.

While seeking to be allowed more time to detain Mr Kiriko for 14 days before trial the police said in court on Monday that they needed to conclude investigations into allegations of attempted murder.

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Through a miscellaneous application filed by Mr Laban Kipkulei, the court heard that Mr Kirika hit his sister’s son with a panga several times on the head. The nephew is said to have been admitted at the Mediheal Hospital in Nakuru in critical condition.

The incident occurred at Miti Mingi area of Elementaita within Gilgil Subcounty after which the suspect was arrested and locked in police cells.

His brother, whom the police have not named, is said to be on the run with the police having launched a manhunt.

The court heard that the police needed time to interrogate Mr Kiriko to get information which will aid in arresting his brother.

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The police are also seeking to record statements from witnesses as well fill a P3 form.

“The respondent is flight risk and if released on bond or bail is likely to abscond and his temporary work permit Visa of New Zealand is hereby attached,” reads part of the affidavit.

Mr Kirika’s lawyer, David Mong’eri, however, opposed the application arguing that it would violate his client’s right to fair trial.

Nakuru Chief Magistrate Bildad Ochieng will deliver his ruling on the application on Tuesday.

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