Joseph Omwenga, 22 was yesterday charged with raping and killing a 71-year-old granny.
Joseph, was accused of killing Beatrice Maua on July 27 in Embali village, Emuhaya sub-county, Vihiga.
The woman’s body was dumped in a maize plantation.
He was arrested after a hat believed to be his was recovered in a farm near where the body was recovered.
Documents in court revealed that Maua, a vegetable vendor, was accosted on her way home. Her body was found a few metres from the main road with signs of strangulation.
The autopsy report revealed the cause of death was strangulation with evidence of sexual assault.
It is believed that the murder was an attempt to cover-up the rape.
Blood samples were extracted from her to be matched with those of the suspect.
When he appeared before High Court judge William Musyoka, Omwenga denied the charges.
He was granted Sh250,000 bond with a surety of similar amount.