A witness has described the relationship between Ruth Kamande, who recently caused a sensation after being crowned Miss Langata Women’s Prison, and the boyfriend she is accused of stabbing 22 times as unhappy.
Edward Mwangi Gatonye, who is the third witness in the case, testified before the Milimani Chief Magistrate that the couple had a disagreement a day before the attack that resulted in Farid Mohammed’s death. Kamande is facing murder charges arising from the September 20, 2015 incident in Buruburu estate in Nairobi.
Mr Gatonye, who is an uncle to the deceased, told the court that he visited the couple’s home after failing to get a response from his nephew regarding a party they were supposed to attend, according to a brief from the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions.
During the visit, Mr Gatonye learnt that the accused had blocked the deceased’s SIM card after she tried to get his phone security code following discovery of old love letters from his high school days.
In the course of the visit, the witness informed the deceased that the party had been cancelled. The deceased is said to have expressed his disappointment as he was eager to attend to avoid fighting with the accused, the court heard.
The court further heard that Mr Gatonye had known the accused for only two months but had seen tension in the relationship. They had, among others, argued on whether she would move in with the deceased.
About 24 hours later, a relative called to inform him that Farid had been fatally stabbed. The case continues from October 24-26, 2016.
Following her crowning as Miss Langata Women’s Prison, Kenyans expressed mixed reactions with some seeking to have her pardoned so she can have a second chance in life.
Initial reports had indicated that the two fought over a text message.