Housemate denies murder of Kenyan LGBTQ activist

Kenyan activist found dead
Kenyan LGBT activist Edwin Chiloba poses for a selfie in Kakamega, Kenya published March 27, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media. Courtesy of Edwin Chiloba via Facebook/via REUTERS

NAIROBI, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The housemate of Kenyan model, designer and LGBTQ rights campaigner Edwin Chiloba, whose body was found in a metal box last month, denied the charge of murder on Wednesday.

Jacktone Odhiambo, who police believe to have been in a relationship with Chiloba, was accused of murdering him between the night of Dec. 31 and Jan. 3.

Chiloba died from suffocation caused by socks stuffed into his mouth, a pathologist said last month.

His death sent shockwaves through the LGBTQ community in Kenya, where homosexuality is taboo and gay sex is punishable by 14 years in prison, although that law is rarely enforced.

Reporting by Humphrey Malalo; Writing by Hereward Holland; Editing by Nick Macfie

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