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June 20, 2018

Third suspect charged with murder of Gatunguru principal

Francis Kimani, the third suspect in the murder of Gatunguru secondary school principal Samuel Mbogo at the Murang'a high court, June 13, 2018. /ALICE WAITHERA
Francis Kimani, the third suspect in the murder of Gatunguru secondary school principal Samuel Mbogo at the Murang'a high court, June 13, 2018. /ALICE WAITHERA

A third suspect in the brutal murder of Gatunguru principal Samuel Mbogo was arraigned in Murang’a on Wednesday.

The prosecution presented Francis Kimani before High court deputy registrar Victoria Ochanda but he did not take a plea.

The prosecution applied to be given more time to take the suspect for a mental assessment and to provide him with a lawyer.

Kimani will be remanded at the Murang’a police station until Monday next week when he is expected to plead to the charge.

He was arrested at Gakurwe market on Monday and will be charged with murder alongside the principal's wife Alice Mugechi and her co-accused Samuel Gitu.

The two denied the charges when they appeared before Justice Kanyi Kimondo.

Mugechi and Gitu are both remanded at Murang’a prison in wait for the hearing slated for July 30.

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The prosecution is said to be pursuing two other suspects who are still at large.

Mbogo, 50, was murdered at his home in Gakurwe village, in Murang’a East sub-county on May 12.

His body was dumped in his salon car that was found abandoned near his home.

Two of his children who are said to have witnessed the murder have been put under witness protection.

Read: Gatunguru principal murdered in cold blood as his daughters watch

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