Omari Lali, the boyfriend of the late Keroche Breweries Director Tecra Muigai has been freed from police custody.
Lali, who was detained at Lamu Police Station for 21 days to allow completion of investigations into Tecra’s death, was released on Wednesday, May 27th, after a Lamu court on Tuesday rejected an application by the prosecution to hold him for seven more days.
In a ruling, Lamu Principal Magistrate Allan Temba said there were no sufficient reasons to continue holding the suspect.
Tecra passed away while undergoing treatment at the Nairobi Hospital on May 2nd, a few days after she reportedly fell down the stairs at a holiday home in Lamu, where she was living with Lali, 51.
An autopsy showed Tecra succumbed to injuries she suffered on the left side of her head. Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor in a report said the injuries were consistent with a fall down the stairs.
Lali, who is being treated as a suspect in her death, was arrested by homicide detectives after he allegedly gave conflicting accounts on the circumstances leading to his girlfriend’s death.
Lali has maintained innocence, saying he loved Tecra and did not have any reason to murder her. In an interview with The Standard, Lali stressed that her fall was purely an accident.
"She wanted us to settle down. I helped her look for a house in Naivasha. But she is gone. Why would I kill her? Why won't people accept God's will? This girl was special. I will never find anyone like her again," said Lali.
Tecra, who was the daughter of Keroche Breweries billionaire owners Joseph Karanja (Chairman) and his wife Tabitha Karanja (CEO), was buried at her family’s home in Naivasha, Nakuru County on Saturday, May 16th.
The ceremony was attended by ODM leader Raila Odinga, Senators James Orengo, and Moses Wetangula, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Nark-Kenya leader Martha Karua.
Lali had requested to be allowed to attend the funeral but the family did not grant him his wish.