Court finds two police officers guilty of killing Kwekwe

By KBC Reporters

Two police officers have been found guilty of manslaughter. A Mombasa court found Veronica Gitahi and Issa Mzee culpable of killing the late Kwekwe Mwandaza in Kinango in Kwale County.

The 14 year – old girl was shot two years ago while at her parent’s home in Kinango village when the said officers struck while in pursuit of her uncle George Zani who was wanted for murder charges.

The two will know what awaits them this Friday when the Judge issues a sentence over the matter.

In his judgment, Justice Martin Muya ruled that the operation carried out on the fateful night by the police was botched because the said officers had gone to the home with an intention of arresting the suspect but instead ended up killing Kwekwe.

Justice Muya further ruled that there was gross omission on the part of the accused persons who failed to establish the occupants of the house before they raided. In his ruling, he says it was reckless for the accused persons to shoot in darkness and it cannot be contested that the police had not done proper surveillance to establish who was in the house.

However, Justice Muya said that the prosecution had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the accused had intention of murdering the 14 year-old which reduced their murder charge to man slaughter.

The Judge will this Friday issue a sentence to the two once the mother to the deceased narrates the predicament she has been through since the demise of her daughter.

Separately, former Director of National Youth Service Nelson Githinji has been charged in a new corruption case in which he is accused of using over 400,000 shillings public funds to service his private vehicle.

Githinji is also facing   separate charges of corruption over theft of 791 million shillings from the NYS. Githinji together with his co-accused were freed on a 200,000 shillings cash bail each.

According to the charge sheet, it is claimed that on June 4th 2014 at NYS headquarters in Ruaraka, Nairobi, the former NYS Boss Nelson Githinji used public funds to service and repair his personal car.

Githinji was charged alongside his former personal assistant, Nicholas Juma Makhokha and Geoffrey Kimani Kiriha who is a senior superintendent mechanic at the NYS.

MEANWHILE, a man who was captured in a video that went viral on social media has been charged in a Nairobi Court with assaulting his wife.

John Wambugu was charged with causing grievous harm to 22 year-old Juster Kawira on the 1st of February at their house in Langata.

The court will make a decision on Friday whether to free Muchiri on bail after the prosecution told the court that he is a flight risk who can easily injure the complainant.


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