Kenyan husband of murdered Australian teacher released without charge

Gabrielle Maina
Gabrielle Maina

The estranged husband of Australian teacher Gabrielle Maina and his cousin, who were arrested in connection with her murder last week, have been released without charge.

ABC reported that a Kenyan magistrate ordered the release of Cyrus Bernard Maina Njuguna and his cousin John Njuguna Waithira on Tuesday after no charges were laid.

40-year-old Ms Maina was headteacher at Hillcrest Preparatory School. She was shot dead by armed men riding a motorbike while walking near her home in the Nairobi suburb of Karen on 19 October.

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According to reports in Australia, police were granted a seven-day extension for the detention of the two men, who both maintain their innocence, in order to gather more evidence.

Maina and her husband, who have two young sons, were separated at the time she was killed. She had reportedly been awarded a restraining order against her husband in April this year.

Her husband’s lawyer, Wilfred Nderitu, said his client had not been in the area at the time of Maina’s death.

Speaking outside court last week, Nderitu said: “There is evidence that is capable of corroboration by many people, as many as 10, that Cyrus was in his office at the time that the murder took place.”