Mombasa, Kenya: A port clerk was charged and detained in remand for months over the murder of his wife and daughter who were in fact alive and well.
Henry Onyango Agunda, then a clerk of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), was dragged out of his house in Changamwe on suspicion of murdering his wife Margaret Akinyi and daughter Rhoda Nyanje on December 5, 2010.
He was detained at the local police station for about 10 days after which he was charged before Justice Maureen Odero who remanded him at Shimo la Tewa Prison to await his trial.
But when he appeared in court in March 2011 for the mention of his double murder case, he was surprised to see his wife and daughter in the public gallery.
The wife the KPA clerk is alleged to have killed raised her hand in court to inform the judge that there was a bad mistake but she did not catch the eye of Justice Odero.
Instead, Agunda was sent back to remand where he remained until April 21, 2011 when the state realised the police had duped the prosecution and terminated the murder charges.
Now the stonemason has sued the state demanding Sh15 million as compensation for wrongful confinement.
The state is yet to reply to an affidavit seeking declaration that he was wrongfully brought before the court and his reputation ruined due to a meticulous conspiracy hatched allegedly by his mother in law Mary Nyanguka and police in Changamwe.
Although Agunda had been set free, he bore injuries he claims to have sustained during a violent arrest and incarceration.....Courtesy of Standard Digital News