Policewoman in Lawyer’s Murder Case Released on Ksh1M Bail

  • Makueni-based policewoman Nancy Njeri who, allegedly murdered lawyer Onesmus Makau, has been granted bail.

    Justice David Kenei of Machakos High Court on Tuesday, December 15, ordered that the policewoman be freed on a cash bail of Ksh 1 million with two sureties of a similar amount.

    Justice Kenei also barred Njeri from traveling outside the country without the judge’s permission.

    The late Onesmus Makau.

    The late Onesmus Makau.


    Furthermore, the judge ordered the policewoman not to interfere with witnesses in the case. The murder case was adjourned to May 27, 2021.

    The suspect had pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, November 17, to charges of killing the Makueni based lawyer. 

    This was after Justice Kenei had ordered her to undergo a mandatory mental examination at Mathari hospital, Nairobi County. 

    Reports indicated that the policewoman slashed the lawyer’s hands using a machete on Wednesday, October 7. The lawyer died 11 days later while receiving treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH). 

    In her defense, Njeri claimed that Makau had allegedly attempted to rape her. 

    These claims were disputed by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi who was among the 10 advocates who represented Makau. 

    He detailed that the two were lovers and faulted Makueni based police officers for not following through with the case.

    “Police in Makueni are complicit in the attempted murder of Lawyer Onesmus Masaku by Policewoman Nancy Nyeri.

    “The two are known lovers and Njeri attempted to kill him after he refused to accede to her demands for marriage. Nancy Njeri should be arrested and charged,” a statement from Havi read.

    LSK President Nelson Havi addressing a press conference on September 24, 2020

    LSK President Nelson Havi addressing a press conference on September 24, 2020


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