Former Githurai based police officer jailed for 15 years

Former Police officer Titus Ngamau Musila alias Katitu has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for murder.

Justice James Wakiaga ruled that the popular Githurai police officer should serve 12 years in custody and three years in probation for shooting dead a suspect in Githurai five years ago.

In his judgment, Justice Wakiaga ruled that Katitu should have identified himself as a police officer besides issuing a clear warning to the suspect but opted to execute him at close range.

In a judgment delivered by Justice James Wakiaga, Katitu who was accused of killing Kenneth Kimani at Githurai bus station in 2013 will however serve less time behind bars after the court put into consideration the four years he has been in custody awaiting the determination of his case.

Justice Wakiaga ruled that he being a police officer acted against the law by taking a life of an individual.

Githurai residents had pleaded with the judge to hand Katitu a non custodial sentence arguing that the officer was a hero of the people for combating crime.

However, the court declined to accept the argument and instead ruled that the sentence should serve a stern warning to other officers for unlawful use of firearms.

Meanwhile, the high court has found the case against self confessed serial killer Philip Onyancha a mistrial.

In a ruling delivered by Justice James Wakiaga, the court faulted the prosecution and ordered a fresh hearing in the case where Onyancha is facing three counts of murder.

According to Wakiaga, the trail against Onyancha should have been conducted under section 162 of the Criminal Procedure Code since it was clear from the beginning that he had a mental problem.

  

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