Omar Lali has been summoned to take to the stand and give his version of the story as the death inquest of Tecra Muigai resumes on Tuesday.
Tecra was pronounced dead on May 2, 2020, at the Nairobi hospital where she was flown from Lamu. Reports alleged that she fell down steep stairs at her house in Lamu.
Omar Lali was her boyfriend was at that time arrested in connection with her death. Later, DPP dropped the charges and he became a free man. A fresh inquest was ordered which now Lali is set to defend himself.
Other than Lali, six witnessed are believed to be the ones who carried Tecra to the hospital are expected to take to the stand before Milimani Principal Magistrate Zainab Abdul. The six had earlier refused to board a van that was sent by the DPP. Qusai Lali Omar, Ali Bakari Muhammed, Abdul Lali Omar, Yaya Salim Muhammed, Ahemed Ali Sali and Mohammed Omar Muhanji are expected to explain what transpired.
Tecra’s mother Tabitha Karanja, her brother James Karanja and house help Anne Waithera have already testified bringing a total of 11 out of the 44 expected to be cross-examined in court.
Karanja, Tecra’s brother described her affair with Lali as spiritual and obsessive. From his witness statement, Omar Lali was pushing Tecra to cut ties with her family. Karanja added that Lali uses witchcraft to seduce women. He told the court that Lali’s friend Yvonne told him in the company of his girlfriend when they went to Lamu.
“I was shocked because I knew Tecra’s past boyfriends. The relationship with Lali struck me as unusual. There was something unconventional, Lali was more than 30 years older. His lifestyle too was far removed from what he had known of Tecra’s previous liaisons,” he told the court.
According to the househelp, Lali used to beat Tecra at night frequently when they lived in Naivasha.
“Many times, when I reported to work in the morning, I would see Tecra crying and when I asked, she would say Omar had beaten her at night,” she testified.
Tabitha revealed that her daughter wired huge chunks of money to Lali within a short time.
“He was after my daughter’s hard-earned income and when she realized that she could not give him money anymore, he killed her,” she said.