Ezra Kipkemei before Nakuru Law Court on January 5, 2023. PHOTO/COURTESY

By William Koome

A security guard suspected of murdering a female Karatina University student whose decomposing body was found in his house in Naka estate in Nakuru town has admitted committing the offence.

The court heard that Mr Ezra Kipkemei Kemboi committed the offence on diverse dates between December 26 and December 31 last year.

Past reports indicated that the late Phyllis Jepleting, a first year student who was pursuing Bachelor’s degree in Education, could have been killed five days before her body was discovered on January 1 this year.

Neighbours said they last saw the lady at the suspect’s house on December 19 last year. The suspect was arrested while seeking treatment at a local hospital, 17 days later.

An autopsy report showed the student died of asphyxiation.

Before Nakuru High Court Justice Theresia Matheka, Mr Kipkemei pleaded guilty to murder charges and maintained the stand even after he was informed of the punishment such an offence attracts.

A psychiatrist report submitted in court showed that the suspect had experienced spells of depression with the court directing the Prison department to ensure Mr Kipkemei gets counseling while in jail.

However, the prosecution team sought more time to prepare the facts of the case before a judgement is delivered.

The case will be mentioned on January 24.


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