Former Ruaraka OCS found guilty of murder

The High Court in Milimani has found former Ruaraka Officer Commanding Station (OCS) Nahashon Mutua guilty of murder.

Mutua murdered Martin Koome an inmate in Ruaraka police cells five years ago.

Lady Justice Stella Mutuku said in her ruling that the prosecution had proved beyond any reasonable doubt that the former officer killed Koome while he was held in police cells on December 2013.

“I am persuaded by the evidence provided. I do not believe the evidence that Koome was assaulted by fellow inmates,” ruled Justice Mutuku.

“The Prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the deceased was assaulted in the cell. The accused misused his authority as an OCS and flouted the Constitution,” she stated.

Mutua had pleaded not guilty claiming that the deceased had met his death after an altercation with a fellow cell mate which resulted into a fight a claim which was dismissed by 18 witnesses.

Koome was allegedly hit several times with a metal rod in his head before been immersed in water. He was locked up even after sustaining serious injuries.

After through investigations the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) had recommended that Mutua be arrested and charged with murder.

Mutua will be sentenced on 20th December this year.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International Kenya has termed the ruling as a big win for accountability, the rule of law and human dignity.

“It signals a positive change towards police reform in line with the recent announcements by the President that the police should be trusted, respected and human rights compliant,” said Ir?ng? Houghton, Amnesty International’s Executive Director.

“Amnesty International Kenya remains committed to seeing an end to extrajudicial executions by ensuring greater command responsibility, deeper community policing and increased public oversight of our police to ensure safe communities,” said Houghton.

  

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