Magistrate orders Tristan Voorspuy murder suspects to be arraigned in court

Tristan Voorspuy
Tristan Voorspuy, owner and founder of Offbeat Safaris Ltd.

A court in Nyahururu yesterday ordered that Josphat Ng’ethe Ndungu and Mereri Tetekur, the two suspects who were arrested in connection with last month’s killing of Laikipia ranch owner Tristan Voorspuy, must be arraigned in court within 24 hours.

The two were arrested on Tuesday last week at Ol Moran market in Laikipia West, where they were with other livestock traders. When they were arrested, some of Mr Voorspuy’s personal items were found in their possession and they were subsequently detained at Rumuruti police station.

Both Mr Voorspuy’s wallet and watch were found to have been stolen after the former British army officer was shot dead at his Sosian ranch while he was investigating reports the property had been torched by invading pastoralists.

An application by the prosecution to hold the pair for an additional two weeks to give them time to complete their investigations was rejected by Nyahururu Resident magistrate Victoria Ochanda who ordered that the two should be produced in Nanyuki High Court the next day.

Herdsman Samson Lokayi and Laikipia North lawmaker Mathew Lemprukel had also been arrested in connection with the murder.

Mr Lokayi pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being detained at Nanyuki Prison until his bail application will be determined on May 10.

However, the case against the Laikipia North MP Lemprukel was dismissed on Monday after the prosecution told the court that it had failed to gather enough evidence to implicate him.

According to police the two suspects will be arraigned in court today (Wednesday 12 April).