Testimony of Two High School Students Sheds Light on Edwin Chiloba Murder Case

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Testimony of Two High School Students Sheds Light on Edwin Chiloba Murder Case
Testimony of Two High School Students Sheds Light on Edwin Chiloba Murder Case

Testimony of Two High School Students Sheds Light on Edwin Chiloba Murder Case

On Thursday, two high school students became the first witnesses to testify in the murder trial of Eldoret-based fashion designer Edwin Kiptoo alias Chiloba.

The two, a cousin of the accused Jackton Odhiambo and his companion, described to Eldoret High Court judge Reuben Nyakundi how they assisted Odhiambo in moving a metallic box from his home in Chepkoilel without knowing what was inside.

According to the two witnesses, the accused sought for their assistance on January 3 to help him move out of the home where he was residing with his wife and child.

On that date, his wife reportedly traveled to their rural Siaya County residence for the December holiday.

According to Odhiambo’s cousin and his friend, the accused told them the metallic box contained dirty clothes, alcohol, and a puppy’s feces, which explained why a foul odor permeated the home.

Jean Ochieng’, Odhiambo’s younger brother, testified that on the day in question, he, his parents, Odhiambo’s wife, and his niece had traveled from their upcountry home in Siaya to their home in Huruma.

When he arrived in Huruma at approximately 3 p.m., he found their cousin (the first witness) at home, while his brother (the defendant) was outside in the Toyota Fielder.

“I found more stuff in our room and the first witness who is our cousin said that Jack was moving in. On the next day, January 4, we went to help Jack move the remaining stuff at his Chepkoilel house. The house was stuffy and my brother told me that a rat had died on his couch,” said Ochieng’.

Chiloba was a fourth-year student in the Apparel Fashion and Design program at the University of Eldoret.

On January 3, his decomposing corpse was discovered hidden in a metal box along the Kipkenyo-Kaptinga road in Kapseret sub-County, Uasin Gishu County.

Initial reports indicate that a boda boda driver saw a vehicle lower a metallic box in the area, according to the police.

The incident was reported to the police, who discovered decomposition upon opening the crate.

An autopsy performed by government pathologist Johansen Oduor at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) revealed that Chiloba perished of asphyxiation, or lack of oxygen.

On August 2 and 3, twenty more witnesses are anticipated to testify in the case during the next hearing.

Testimony of Two High School Students Sheds Light on Edwin Chiloba Murder Case

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