A 60-year-old man was detained on Tuesday and charged with the murder of his wife in a Narok court.
Zacharia Ngetich Sailatei, the suspect, entered a not guilty plea when he appeared before Narok Law Courts Judge Francis Gikonyo Muthuku.
The court was informed that Ngetich killed his wife Judith Resiato on November 1, 2022 in Kimogoro village in Sogoo sub-location, Narok County.
The defense team appealed with the court at the hearing to permit their client (Ngetich) to seek specialized therapy during the waiting period, but the court denied their request.
“We would have requested that he be brought to Kenyatta National Hospital if he wasn’t a suspect, but we are aware of the restrictions placed on his liberty and freedom…
We beg you to let him go to the hospital,” the suspect’s attorney requested.
After studying the suspect’s health examination report, Justice Muthuku agreed with the prosecution’s assertion that medical care is accessible inside the Narok prison, with the exception of specialist cases that are sent to the Narok Referral Hospital.
The prosecutor, Duncan Ondimu, said in court, “The prisons did not state they are unable to treat him at their in-house clinic, they suggested to me that in the case they are unable to treat any of his problems, they will take him to the Narok Referral Hospital with or without a court order.”
“I direct the prisons to have the accused treated in their own clinic and in the case they diagnose any disease the clinic cannot treat, they should make a suitable reference to Narok Level 5 Hospital for any specialized treatment,” Justice Muthuku decided.
Judith Resiato, 45, was discovered killed and her body placed in a pool of blood alongside burned-out belongings worth millions of shillings. After the incident, her husband—who was at the time the main suspect in her murder—vanished.
In the most recent general election, the mother of four ran for local MCA on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party platform.