Collins Pamba, the man who assisted KDF maor Peter Mugure dispose bodies of his family has been sentenced to five years in jail. Pamba was sentenced by the High Court sitting in Nyeri.
In the ruling, Justice Florence Muchemi said that the court was convinced that Collins Pamba, a casual labourer at the Laikipia Airbase, had been acting under the instructions of Mugure, who is facing murder charges.
The court ruled that as a junior worker at the airbase, Pamba had been overwhelmed by the instructions from the senior military officer.
The prosecution pleaded for leniency on behalf of Pamba. Duncan Ondimu who led the prosecution had told the court that Pamba had cooperated with the police in conducting investigations. He had said that since his arrest on November 16, 2019 Pamba had disclosed very useful information concerning Major Mugure by recording a confession.
“Even while he was still in remand at the Kerugoya Prison when there were attempts to interfere with the investigations by the prime suspect, he notified the prison authorities. This clearly shows that he is remorseful and ready to integrate with the society,” the prosecution said.
Major Mugure is accused of murdering his estranged lover Joyce Syombua and her three kids in Nanyuki in 2019. Investigators said that Major Mugure had asked Joyce Syombua to bring Shanice Maua, 10, and Prince Michael, 5, to Laikipia Air Base in Nanyuki so that they could catch up before Shanice’s birthday. Syombua, Shanice and Michael went missing on October 26, one day after visiting the soldier at his workplace in Nanyuki. Their three bodies were found tied with ropes, stuffed in gunny bags and buried in a shallow grave in Kilimo in Thingithu.