Suspect threatened me, claims witness in Kiru Boys principal murder

Jane Muthoni the widow of the slain Kiru Boys principal and Isaac Ng'ang'a alias Gikuyu
  • A witness in the Kiru Boys principal’s murder has claimed she was threatened by the suspect
  • The witness said the suspect send her several threatening messages, insisting that she was having an affair
  • The M-Pesa shop attendant denied having an affair with slain principal

An M-Pesa shop attendant told a court that the widow of a murdered secondary school principal threatened her over an alleged love affair with her husband.

The witness told the High Court in Kiambu that Jane Muthoni, the prime suspect in the murder of Solomon Mwangi, sent her messages, telling her to keep off her husband.

The 28-year-old woman, whose identity the prosecution could not reveal because she is a protected witness, produced text messages Muthoni reportedly sent to her accusing her of having an affair with her husband. 

“You are only 27 years I fear and wonder, wish you could respect yourself as a lady maybe you are desperate for a husband, but having an affair with a man who is twice your age is shameful. You seem too cheap,” said one of the text messages read out in court.

The witness denied having an affair with Mwangi and told trial judge Joel Ngugi that the principal was only ‘my good customer’.

Pathologist Peter Muriuki told the court that the Kiru Boys Secondary School principal was strangled.

Muthoni is facing murder charges together with Isaac Ng’ang’a alias Gikuyu.

The witness said Muthoni send her several threatening messages, insisting that something was going on between her and her husband. 

She said Mwangi would, on a daily basis, transact huge sums of money at her shop, at times as high as Sh140,000 in one day.

The woman said the teacher would send her the money through her M-Pesa agent number, which she would withdraw and deposit in his account at a local bank.

“I did not have an love affair with the deceased at all. He was just a customer like any other,” she told the court.

Mwangi, the woman said, was introduced to her by some of her customers who told her he was a quarry dealer. She later learnt that he was a secondary school principal.

On January 12, 2016, at 9pm, while at home, she received a call from a number she did not recognise. The caller identified herself as Jane.

“The woman asked me if I knew Mwangi and I told her I knew many people by that name. She told me she meant Mwangi of Kiru Boys but even before I could answer, she told me to keep off her husband,” she said.

Jane started sending her abusive and threatening messages that made her fear for her life.

She said she informed her parents about the threats. The case was adjourned to September 25.