Suspect in Velvine Nungari’s murder case released on Ksh200,000 bail

Velvine Nungari Kinyanjui
Velvine Nungari Kinyanjui. [Photo: Courtesy]

A murder suspect in the killing of Velvine Nungari Kinyanjui in Kahawa West Joseph Kinyua Murimi has been freed on a Ksh200,000 cash bail by a Kiambu Court.

The suspect who has been in custody for the last 10 days appeared virtually for the court session on Monday.

He appeared before Kiambu Chief Magistrate Patricia Gichohi who turned down the Prosecution’s appeal to hold Murimi for 30 more days.

Gichohi freed the suspect and set the mentioning of the case on April 29, 2021. However, he is required to report at the Kiamumbi Police Station every Thursday until the court directs otherwise.

Velvine was buried two weeks ago at her parent’s Saba Saba home in Murang’a County.

She was a student at Kenyatta University and was also a waitress in one of the restaurants in Kahawa West.

Statements from the DCI state that on February 23, Murimi picked Velvine in Kirigiti Kiambu and headed for Q West restaurant in Kahawa West for Lunch. They then left for Kijito Restaurant where they had drinks and finally moved to Sinott’s Hotel still in Kahawa West to spend the night.

It is after this that Velvine was found immobile the following day and was rushed to Kenyatta University Referral Hospital (KUTRH), She was diagnosed with a broken spine and severe vaginal injuries as a result of rape.

Velvine died two weeks later, her death triggering a sharp debate.

When the case was first reported, Murimi was arrested and released on a Ksh100,000 cash bail but was rearrested and charged with murder after Velvine’s death.