Chief accused of torturing, murdering civilian arraigned before a Kisumu court

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On Sat, 30 Oct, 2021 10:56 | < 1 min read
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An assistant chief who was accused of torturing and murdering a 31-year-old man has been arraigned before a Kisumu court.

Joel Juma, upper Kadongo Sub-location assistant chief, appeared before the Kisumu's High court Judge Justice Fred Ochieng.

The administrator was accused of committing murder contrary to section 203 as read with section 204 of the penal code.

The court heard that on the February 25, in Nyampusi market, South Seme, he murdered Peter Nyawara.

The accused person however pleaded not guilty to the offence pressed against him and asked the court to release him on a reasonable bond terms.

"Your highness, I am pleading that you please release me on a reasonable bond terms as I am not a flight risk and I will also be reporting to court during hearing," he said.

On his side, Justice Ochieng ruled that he be detained at Kibos Maximum Prison as his bond term is being reviewed.

Ochieng also ordered the probation officer to file for Juma a pre-bail report which will be submitted in court in five days’ time.

“The accused will be remanded to enable the court to make an informed decision on the issue of bond,” Ochieng ruled.

Juma was alleged to have murdered Peter Nyawara on October 8. Nyawara had been accused of trying to rape a woman and was attacked by a mob after the woman raised an alarm.

The law maker after rescuing the deceased from the mob tortured him in the name of disciplining him before taking him to Holo police post.

The matter will be mentioned on November 11, 2021.