Man allegedly strangled girlfriend to death with a bra for receiving call from man calling her ‘sweetie

Richard Nyakina and the late Lydiah Nyaboke
  • Judge disqualifies himself for being “well known” by accused’s relatives
  • Investigators say he was the last person seen with the woman out on her first date with a stranger

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A man suspected of killing a woman on their first date after meeting her on Facebook has been charged with murder.

Richard Nyakina Mogaka denied killing Lydia Nyaboke, 26, in Ngong Forest, Mutuini, Dagoretti South constituency, on July 23.

High Court judge James Wakiaga disqualified himself from the case, saying he was well known to some of the relatives of the accused.

The suspect’s lawyer, Robert Bosinge, requested the court to release his client on bail pending the determination of the case.

But the prosecution opposed the application, saying there was strong evidence against the accused because he was the last person seen with Ms Nyaboke.

The woman, who lived with her younger brother in Ngara, Nairobi, was scheduled to meet a man she had never met face to face before and promised to be back before the end of the day.

Her body was found five days later.

In an affidavit sworn by Isaac Muriuki, an officer attached to Special Crimes Prevention Unit, the accused was arrested and he led police to Nyaboke’s body, which showed signs of strangulation.

“He was the last person to be seen with the deceased while she was alive,” said Mr Muriuki.

The prosecution argued that the suspect was a flight risk as he had already fled after the incident.

“After he committed the offence, the accused disappeared to Ogembo in Kisii County, which shows that after the accused is released he may abscond,” said Muriuki.

According to court documents, the investigator said critical prosecution witnesses were civilians well known to the accused, prompting a likelihood of interference on his part.

He said the prosecution would not oppose the suspect’s bail after the evidence of critical witnesses had been adduced.

Another charge

“The accused person is equally facing another charge of rape at the Milimani Law Courts, case number 2037 of 2015, being in custody will facilitate the speedy conclusion of the hearing of this case, which the prosecution intends to conclude expeditiously,” said Muriuki.

The matter will be mentioned on September 20 and the State is expected to provide the defence with copies of relevant documents.

The head of the court’s criminal division will give directions regarding which court the matter will be heard.