A list of TV personalities who have been charged with murder

We take a look at prominent TV journalists and TV hosts whose careers went down the drain after they were charged with murder, directly or indirectly.

While some were charged, some jailed, others are still awaiting the ending of their cases.

1. Esther Arunga

Esther Arunga has been in the news the past few days after she admitted to having lied to protect her husband for the death of her 3 year old son.

Esther’s son Sinclair Timberlake died as a result of blunt force trauma to his abdomen in June 2014.
Sinclair suffered fatal injuries at his family home at Kallangur, north of Brisbane.
Esther Arunga
His father and former Kenyan presidential candidate Quincy Timberlake was charged with his murder.
Esther Timberlake on Monday pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to manslaughter.
The 38-year-old admitted misleading police in order to help her husband escape punishment.
Crown prosecutor Danny Boyle told the court Esther called triple zero just before 2am on June 18.
When paramedics and police arrived, she told them her son had fallen down the stairs.
But an autopsy revealed Sinclair died
“As a result of a severe blunt force such as punching or stamping or similar” and his injuries were inconsistent with a fall.

2. Louis Otieno

Former NTV reporter Louis Otieno came into the limelight over his alleged connection in the murder of Careen Chepchumba.

Careen was found dead in her apartment seven years ago and Otieno was one of the suspects. The police cleared him of any wrongdoing.

Louis Otieno
Louis Otieno

After that his career never picked up again.Not much is known about his life.

3. Moses Dola

Former journalist Moses Dola was this year sentenced to 10 years for allegedly killing his wife Wambui Kabiru at their matrimonial home in Umoja Estate on May 1, 2011.

According to Dola the argument arose from the high gospel music which he was playing and which the late Wambui felt would wake up the baby.

Partly giving his testimony Dola says

“Just as I was picking our son, she shot up and charged at me.

She asked where I wanted to take her baby. In her charging she was holding the scissors. It was a split second event.

Unfortunately, it pricked (sic) my hand but I managed to squeeze her hand and she released it,”

Wambui queried

‘Wewe ukiamka kwa hii nyumba kwani kila mtu lazima aamke (If you wake up in this house, must everyone else wake up?).

The judge was told that Wambui reached for the scissors but Dola tackled her, and they both fell on the bed.He testified:

She hit her head on the bed, but because we fell on the mattress I did not realise that she was injured.” According to Dola, his wife’s last words were “ona umeniumiza” (see you have hurt me).

According to Dola, he went to his brother in law’s house in a bid to seek a truce with his wife. After that both Wambui’s brother and Dola went to drink.

Former journalist Dola and his late wife Wambui Kabiru

He testified that he was to take his bother in law to a baby shower later in the evening and thus they parted ways and he headed back to the house to freshen up.

When he got to the house, the court heard, Wambui was still lying in bed and did not respond when he called her name.

4. Jacque Maribe

Former Citizen reporter Jacque Maribe is the latest TV personality to be charged  with aiding murder.

Maribe whose case is still ongoing was arrested alongside her fiancee Joseph Irungu alias Jowie over the murder of business woman Monicah Kimani.

Their case is still ongoing.

Jacque Maribe and Jowie in court

 

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Eldoret woman kills husband over love text message

Police in Eldoret have arrested a woman who stabbed her husband to death last night at Shauri Estate in Eldoret.

The deceased was a taxi driver and arrived to the house late in the night from work after which there was a quarrel over a text message he received leading to a fight with the woman.

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A neighbour Pauline Kibe said they head a commotion and screams in the house but efforts to save the man failed as he died on the spot after being stabbed in the chest.

Police are at the scene investigating the incident and have removed the body to the Moi Referral Hospital mortuary.

Meanwhile, a man was on Saturday shot dead in Kisumu city.

Peter Otieno Ogallo was allegedly shot thrice in his chest by Daniel Yona Jaoko, a manager of Ray Green Hotel in Nyamasaria.

Ray Green Manager Daniel Jaoko who shot a man dead at Polyview Estate in Kisumu.

Otieno, the Modern Coast Bus Manager Kisumu Branch, was shot in the presence of his family was rushed to Avenue Hospital where he succumbed.

Jaoko had dropped his girlfriend Vivian Achieng Meresa who stays in the same compound with Otieno during the 5 am incident in Polyview Estate.

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Former Kakamega Politician shots dead wife before committing suicide

 

Former Isukha Central MCA, Richard Muchesia on Tuesday night shot dead his wife before turning the gun on himself.

Police sources say Muchesia might have a domestic difference with his wife who was an Administration Police officer.

Police say the incident happened at the couple’s matrimonial home in Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County with a gun whose ownership is yet to be identified.

The deceased’s family in Shinyalu, Kakamega County on Wednesday confirmed the incident.

Muchesia unsuccessfully vied for the Shinyalu parliamentary seat in the 2017 general election.

 

UN employee who killed Kenyan wife asked for room with bathtub

The murder case against a senior officer with the United Nations (UN) accused of killing his wife in a hotel bath-tub two years ago has kicked off at the High Court in Naivasha.

During the hearing of the case, it emerged that the accused Nicholas Cheruiyot Koskei had specifically sought a room with a bath tub before making his booking.

In the case, Koskei has been accused of murdering his wife Rhoda Mumbi Mutua on the 8th of July 2017 in Jacaranda Lake Elementaita hotel in Gilgil.

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While testifying before Judge Richard Mwongo, a receptionist in the hotel Joseph Kadonyo told the court that the accused insisted that he wanted a room with the bath tub.

He said that according to Koskei, his wife loved bathing in tubs and hence the demand hours before her lifeless body was found.

“I was left in shock when around 10pm we were called that the body of the wife to the accused had been found in the tub,” he said.

A waiter Ambrose Mapesa told the court how he met the accused near his room sweating and breathing hard minutes before the body was recovered.

He said that Koskei who was in jeans and sweating heavily told him that he had been jogging and could not get the wife to open the door for him.

In his testimony, he said that the room where the couple had been booked appeared disturbed when police and security officers managed to gain entrance.

“The two had been drinking at the hotels balcony for some time before they retreated to their room where the body of the woman was found hours later,” he said.

The court is set to visit the hotel where the body of the mother of two was found.

Ndhiwa AP stabs rival to death in love triangle

A 36-year-old man was killed after a police officer stabbed him to death over love affairs with a barmaid.
Alphonce Owiti was killed at a bar in Nguku market, Ndhiwa constituency on Monday night.
Owiti who is a contractor, was stabbed by the administration police officer attached to Nguku police post.

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Eyewitnesses said the drama began when Owiti found the police officer drinking with a barmaid and talking to her in a manner suggesting that they were an item.
Owiti felt betrayed by the woman and asked why the police officer invaded his love territory.

“They began by insulting each other before it culminated in wrestling where Owiti overpowered the officer. The police officer drew a knife and stabbed him in the stomach when he (police) was lying down,” a witness said.

It forced the barmaid to call locals who were watching the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match between Kenya and Senegal to quell the tension.
When they arrived they discovered that Owiti was bleeding profusely in the stomach after the police officer had stabbed him.

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“Those who rushed to the scene found Owiti complaining that the police officer had stabbed him,” the witness added.

Owiti died on his way to Homa Bay County Referral hospital.
Speaking on Tuesday after the incident, Owiti’s family led by cousin Dan Odhiambo called for an arrest the officer to accord them justice.

“Police officers came to guard civilians but not to kill them. It is wrong for an officer to walk with knife and stab a citizen even if they fought over a woman,” Odhiambo said.

The suspect had not been arrested by mid yesterday.
Homa Bay County Deputy Police Commander Samuel Obara confirmed the incident.
He said a team of investigators have been sent to the area to found out what transpired.

“The matter is under investigations to enable us know what transpired,” Obara said.

He said the team is composed of officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who will later compile a comprehensive report over the incident.

The body of the deceased was taken to Homa Bay County Referral Hospital mortuary.

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Murder Most Foul: Girlfriend who killed Meru businessman to be detained

Three women suspected to have murdered a prominent businessman and stacked his body in the sack will be detained remain in police custody as investigations go on.

On Monday, a magistrate court in Meru allowed police to detain three female suspects linked to the brutal murder of a businessman for fourteen days to enable police complete investigations.

Joel Kaberia, 45 was supplying meat to butcheries within Meru town after slaughtering a number of animals. Investigators are said to have recovered a hacksaw said to have been used to chop off the body.

Neighbors of the deceased said the two had been living together for about one and a half years.

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Brigit Gacheri Gikunda, 22 who was the deceased lover was arraigned alongside Frida Mwari and Irene Kagwiria Mugambi.

The three were arrested on Saturday and have been detained at Meru police station. They  did not take plea to murder charges as police asked for more time to complete investigations.

In a written affidavit investigating Officer Benson Sindani sought custodial orders of fourteen days to complete probe into the murder of the businessman.

Meru  Principal Magistrate Monica Maroro said the suspects be detained at Meru police station until July 15 when the matter will be mentioned to confirm the status of the investigation.

On Saturday the brutal murder was the talk of town as residents tried to come to terms of how the deceased was killed and stacked in a sack.

Isaiah Gituma said Gacheri borrowed a pliers at 9am today as she shown neighbor’s one of her finger bite by her husband.

Kaberia’s brother Francis Koome said he lastly talked to his brother on Friday and they had some business to accomplish together as usual before his death. The family is now seeking justice for their kin and have appealed to police to do conclusive investigations to bring all the culprits involved to book.

Kaberia, who hails from Mbeu in Tigania West, had a two-year-old child with Gacheri. He has left behind two more kids born of another woman and two more from a separate woman, according the brother.

“We are shocked and saddened. I am following up and want to know why he was killed. He gave some job assignments to do,” Koome said.

His business colleague Francis Nkumbuku said they were forced to break into the house after the lady turned hostile to produce Kaberia whereabouts and wanted to escape.

They bundled her and escorted her to Meru town Police station.

The suicide note a Naivasha butcher wrote over a broken heart

A twenty one year old butchery operator has committed suicide in Naivasha after his 18-year-old lover abandoned him for another man.

The victim identified as Francis Njuguna was found hanging in his room in Kinamba village 10km from Naivasha town.

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Njuguna who worked in one of the butcheries in the area left a suicide note in which he accused his lover identified only as Shiku for his woes.

In the note addressed to the teenager, the deceased told of his love and dedication to their relationship but the girl had continued to be unfaithful.

“I ask for forgiveness from my mother for this act which has been caused by my lover who has decided to move along with many other men,” said the noted in Kiswahili.

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Emotions ran high as police moved in to collect the body before taking it to Naivasha sub-county hospital mortuary.

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According to one of the area resident Ibrahim Nyutu, the deceased was in high spirits the previous night as he served his customers.

He decried the rising cases of suicide among youths in the country due to love affairs adding that there was need for counseling.

“We have recorded a very wicked spirit that is leading youths to commit suicide and its time we engaged them so that this evil trend can end,” he said.

A friend Peter Muchina said that the victim had confessed to them over the fall-out with the lover the previous night adding that he never contemplated suicide.

He told of their shock when he failed to report to duty on Thursday morning only for his body to be found hanging in his house.

“It’s a sad day that Njuguna has decided to take his life due to a woman and my advice to fellow youths is to move on after a relationship fails,” he said.

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Speaking on phone, Naivasha deputy OCPD John Kwasa confirmed the incident adding that the body had been collected and an inquest file opened.

He decried the rising cases of suicide among young people in Naivasha adding that substance abuse and depression had led to the cases.

“In the latest case the deceased left a note accusing his lover for the incident and the body has been taken to Naivasha mortuary and the next of kin will be notified,” he said.

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Kalenjin singer Olesos Melodies narrates being stabbed by dancer

Kalenjin singer Olesos Melodies argued with her dancer before she was stabbed last Monday.

The singer, who has spoken out after the attack, said she had been hosting the dancer for five months.

“I had mentioned to her that I wanted to take a loan which I wanted her to be my guarantor, but that did not happen due to an avoidable circumstance,” Melodies told Word Is last Thursday.

This seemed to displease the dancer, who announced she was leaving Melodies’s house.

She packed her clothes but sometime during the night she walked out of the house to receive a call.

“I later called her to check where she was because she had left the door open. She said she was coming and therefore I felt it was wise to lock the door, but decided not to sleep so that when she comes, I could open the door for her,” Melodies said.

When the dancer came back, Melodies asked her why she went outside at night.

“We quarrelled for a while and that is when she took out a pocket knife and I realised she was serious. I went to my bedroom, where she followed me,” she said.

Melodies was stabbed in the torso.

“She threw her bag outside and someone picked it although I did not identify who it was,” she said.

The dancer’s phone is switched off.

The attack was reported to the police, who said they are waiting for the singer to get better to help with investigations.

‘Naftali bought an axe and knife and had it sharpened’ Sources reveal

New information has emerged on what transpired on and before the gruesome murder of Ivy Wangechi, a sixth year student at Moi University.

Retrieved phone conversations between Wangechi and Kinuthia show that the two had been in communication all along until she blocked him.

1. Kinuthia met Ivy and her friend after travelling to Eldoret to visit his sweetheart.

2. He took the friends number and started engaging her to gather intelligence.

3. He then traveled to Thika and it is then that Wangechi on  10th April asked Naftali for 14,000 so that she could plan for her birthday.

4. On Sunday, she again asked for 10K which she promptly received from Naftali.

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5. On Monday Ivy asked for a further 10K. Kinuthia informed her to be patient since he was to travel to Eldoret where he would honor her request.

6. On his was to Eldoret he kept in contact with Ivy’s friend as a way of collecting intelligence on where Ivy was and what she was up to.

They met briefly over a cup of coffee and agreed to meet later as Ivy was to do rounds. He gave her an unknown amount of money.

Ivy switched her phone off after that, provoking Naftali. He went and bought an axe and a knife and had it sharpened.

All these while he kept in contact with Ivy’s friend who did not know that her friend was about to be killed.

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