University Student Charged with Murder of Colleague in Hostel

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University Student Charged with Murder of Colleague in a Nyeri Hostel
Kelvin Kibet Rotich, a student of Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri when he appeared in court on September 14, 2015. He is accused of murdering a fellow student in the university's hostels. He was not allowed to take plea as investigations were not complete.

A fifth year engineering student at the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology accused of killing a fellow student was Monday charged before a Nyeri court.

The 24-year-old Kelvin Kibet Rotich, however did not to take plea after the police said that they had not completed investigations and asked the court to grant them more time to do so.

Investigating officer Peter Maithya told the court that he needed two weeks to complete investigations in the alleged murder before the accused is allowed to take plea.

Rotich is said to have stubbed Denis Kiplangat, 23, in the university hostels after a disagreement.

According to the police, the two started the argument after a drinking spree.

Trouble began when Rotich entered Kiplangat’s room ordered him to give him a bottle of beer which Kiplangat was drinking.

Kiplangat refused and they started an argument which degenerated to a fist fight.

 

STABBED WITH KITCHEN KNIFE

Rotich then rushed to his room and took a kitchen knife which he used to stab Kiplangat on his head and neck several times causing him severe injuries.

Other students in the hostel raised the alarm and the chief security officer at the university Mr George Anyonje came to the rescue.

The incident is said to have happened at around 11.20pm at their hostel in Embassy estate.

Kiplangat was rushed to the Mary Immaculate Hospital in Nyeri but succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment.

When Rotich appeared in court on Monday, he looked composed and sought to be released on bond.

He also said that since he was arrested on Friday night last week, he had been suffering from a severe headache and asked the court to issue an order that he be taken to hospital for treatment.

University Student Charged with Murder of Colleague in a Nyeri Hostel
Kelvin Kibet Rotich, a student of Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri when he appeared in court on September 14, 2015. He is accused of murdering a fellow student in the university’s hostels. He was not allowed to take plea as investigations were not complete.

CURIOUS STUDENTS IN COURT

The court was filed with hundreds of Students from the university who were curious to find out what directions would be given by the court against Rotich.

Relatives of both the accused person and the dead student were also in court.

Some of them broke into tears as they walked out of the court.

Principal Magistrate Christine Wekesa ordered that Mr Rotich be remanded at the Nyeri Police Station for 14 days to allow police complete their investigations.

The court also ordered that he be taken for treatment at the Nyeri County and Referral Hospital for examination.

The case will be mentioned on September 29, 2015.

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  1. This is what sometimes makes me wonder about university and its episodes.Its so painful to loose very potential young people to stupid issues !

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