Ex-KDF soldier Peter Mugure facing murder charges seeks to represent himself in trial

Peter Mugure
Ex-KDF soldier Peter Mugure. [Photo: Star]

Ex-KDF soldier Major Peter Mugure who is facing murder charges over the death of his wife Joyce Syombua and his two children in Nanyuki has applied to the court for self-representation.

Mugure allegedly killed his family in 2019 including his two kids Prince Michael and Shanice Maua and was apprehended in November the same year after Syombua was reported missing in October.

Appearing before the Nyeri Court virtually on Wednesday, he submitted his application to represent humself going forward to Magistrate Florence Muchemi.

Mugure first hired criminal lawyer Cliff Ombeta and two other lawyers Kimani Njuguna and Kariuki Runo respectively who walked off the case since his arraignment.

The court ruled that his application will be heard and determined in April 11, 2021.

Following his arrest, the bodies of the three family members were found buried in a shallow grave at the Nanyuki Cemetry.

Syombua together with the kids had visited Mugure at the Laikipia Airbase in Nanyuki where he was stationed in the rank of a Major.

He had been disputing paternity of the two children and the court ordered a DNA test which proved he was the father of the two children.

The court directed him to pay for the upkeep of is children.

On the fateful day of the murder, the three family members are said to have left the airbase at 3 pm and headed to Kirimara Springs Hotel in Nanyuki for lunch.

This was the last time they were seen.

Mugure has been in remand since his arrest in 2019 after Nyeri High Court judge Jairus Ngaah denied him bail for allegedly interfering with witnesses through a proxy.