|Written By:Margaret Kalekye, Posted: Thu, Sep 29, 2011|
A journalist charged with murdering his wife, former NTV reporter has been released on bail pending his trial.
Moses Dola was released on a cash bail of Sh 1 million and ordered to report to Criminal Investigation Department headquarters every month.
Moses Dola last week pleaded with High Court Judge Nicholas Ombija to give him bail saying, keeping him behind bars has deprived him his parental rights guaranteed under the constitution.
However the state counsel said Dola has no right to demand access to the child because he killed the mother and took away the maternal right from their two-year-old son.
State lawyer Catherine Mwaniki had urged the judge to deny Dola bail because he is a flight risk and may interfere with witnesses.
She said if Dola is set free, he will inflict fear on their former house help who is the key witness in the case.
Dola has been charged with the murder of former NTV reporter Wambui Kabiru. He is accused of killing Wambui on the night of May 1 at their house in Umoja Estate.
Dola went into hiding after her body was discovered on their bed by neighbors but he turned himself in at the Naivasha Police station three days later.
He has been in custody since May 4 2011.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Ng’ang’a who allegedly sold Ms Jennifer Wanjiru Ng’ang’a, 52, said to be the seller of illicit brew that claimed nine lives in Ruiru has been charged with 8 counts of murder.