The court was told the suspect had a heated exchange with her late employer - She was killed and her body locked in her bedroom as the suspect enjoyed a meal of chips - Her husband narrated how he frantically tried to reach her on phone in vain but hoped she was fine -
The househelp maintains she did not commit kill her employer even as she remains in police custody The househelp accused of murdering her employer and her son in Muhoroni in June 2018, bitterly argued with her the day she may have been killed, a Kisumu court heard. Pricilla Otieno, a neighbour of the slain woman, told Justice Fred Ochieng’ on Wednesday, November 7, that Jackline Auma engaged her employer Elizabeth Achieng in a loud verbal exchange a day before her body and that of her son were discovered. S
Otieno told the court that the next day when she went to inquire what had transpired that evening, Auma, a Ugandan national told her everything was okay.
“I found her seated in the sitting room munching on chips. When I asked on the whereabouts of Achieng’, she told me she had taken her son Benedict Okoth to the hospital,” she said. It was only after concerned neighbours failed to trace her at a nearby dispensary that they again stormed the house only to find the bodies locked in the bedroom. By then, the maid had disappeared as earlier
Achieng’s husband Evans Okoth, a clinical officer in Nyamasaria, broke down as he narrated how he frantically tried to reach her wife with little success on the fateful evening. He said he grew wary after successive calls went unanswered moments after Achieng’s colleagues called him to ask why she did not report to work the next day.
“When her colleagues told me they could not reach her, I got more anxious since I had been trying to call her without success. I silently hoped they were okay but I was extremely unsettled,” he recounted. He said the horror that hit him when he went and found his wife lying in a pool of blood with a rope around her neck has refused to fade from his mind. “I want justice for my wife and son. They did not deserve to die like that,” he told the court.
Auma has denied the allegations but was denied bail on grounds that she is a flight risk. She is said to have strangled the three-month old boy and stabbed Achieng severally and strangled her too. She later fled to Uganda where she was arrested and hauled back to face charges. Hearing continues on January 29, 2019.
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