Sarah Cohen and Peter Karanja charged afresh

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The widow of  Tob Cohen and her co-accused have been charged afresh with his murder.

Sarah Wairimu  and Peter Karanja were charged after the prosecution made a successful application to have the two murder cases facing them merged.“The matters should be consolidated because the offences in the two files were committed on similar dates and the victim is the same,” said prosecutor Catherine Mwaniki.

They pleaded not guilty to the amended charges before High Court Judge Stella Mutuku and were released on a cash bail of Sh2 million each.

Judge Mutuku further noted that in her view the evidence is not necessarily given before plea is taken, although the information must be read out to the accused.

She ruled that the application by prosecution was in order as it  was based on the law and dismissed the opposition by the defense.

However, the judge noted the delay in providing the defense with a list of witnesses was against the law.

Judge Mutuku ordered the prosecution to make sure that they supplied all the necessary witness statements and information within the next two weeks.

“I will allow them two weeks to put their house in order,” she said