Masaku denies charges of killing nephew over life insurance

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Evans Masaku appearing before justice George Odunga

The man suspected of killing his nephew over a Ksh.9 million life insurance policy was on Monday arraigned at the Machakos High Court where he denied the charges.

Evans Masaku Kasyoka appearing before Justice George Odunga pleaded not guilty to charges of killing 27-year-old Eric Makau Musyoka.

The ICEA Lion manager will remain in police custody until when his bail application will be determined.

The prosecution opposed the bail application, arguing that the accused was a flight risk, a position opposed by the defense lawyer Victor Kariuki.

The suspect reportedly arranged for the life insurance policy in the name of his nephew and then allegedly planned for his killing.

Kasyoka was arrested in August following an expose by senior investigative reporter Purity Mwambia exposing the vise.

After the 27-year-old who had no formal employment died, the accused immediately commenced the insurance claim.

Musyoka owned two life insurance policies, one with Jubilee insurance worth Ksh1 million while the other one was with AIG Insurance, worth Ksh8 million.

However, family members said Musyoka was extremely poor, and therefore could not afford to pay such insurance policies, drawing possibilities that the insurance policies could have been masterminded by his uncle, with the aim of killing him in order to reap the benefits.

Another issue that made the death of Musyoka suspicious was the AIG insurance policy which showed it was filed three days to his death raising eyebrows on whether Musyoka could have predicted his own death.

Investigations conducted by the journalist revealed that Evans camouflaged as his nephew , pretending to be looking for a job at Jubilee Insurance before he filled the insurance policy.

This was revealed by a Forensic Document Report from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) by C. I Michira Ndege, which read, “In my opinion, the handwritings were made by the same author.”

However, Evans still maintains he didn’t know whether Musyoka had any insurance policy. He claims to have known the policies after the death of his nepehew who was murdered and his body dumped near their home.

A postmortem report indicated that he died from “severe head injury secondary to trauma from blunt object.”

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