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Pending rape case of ‘Facebook killer’ unearthed

By SAM KIPLAGAT September 7th, 2017 2 min read

The man facing murder charges of a woman he met on Facebook has a pending rape case, a court was told on Thursday.

For that reason, the police want Richard Nyakina Ogoko denied bail saying he might fail to turn up in court, upon release on bail.

Isaac Muriuki, the investigating officer, said, in an affidavit filed in court, that Mr Ogoko is facing a charge of rape, an offence he allegedly committed in 2015.

On Thursday, Ogoko denied murdering 26-year-old Lydia Nyaboke, an act he allegedly committed at Ngong forest on July 23.

KILLING

Prosecution says the two had just met after knowing each other on Facebook. It is suspected that Ogoko used the details obtained from her Facebook page to trick Ms Nyaboke into their first date.

They went for a picnic at the scenic Ngong Hills only for him to strangle her and dump the body in a thicket.

Afterwards, he fled and was traced to Ogembo in Kisii county, where he confessed to the killing.

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But when he appeared before Justice James Wakiaga, Ogoko denied the offence.

Mr Muriuki also told the court that most witnesses are well known to Ogoko and he might interfere with the case.

WITNESSES

The officer said the court that they will not oppose his release on bail, but at a later stage, after most of the crucial witnesses have testified.

Ms Nyaboke went missing after the date, prompting a search from her relatives.

He body was later retrieved at a thicket at Mutuini in Dagoretti, after the suspect took to the police to the site.

Justice David Wakiaga, who handled the case, recused himself from the hearing saying he knows some relatives of Ms Nyaboke.

“I am known to the deceased grandmother, uncle and aunt so I’m not comfortable hearing this case. I will direct it mentioned before my boss so that it can be given to another judge,” said Wakiaga.