Former Ruaraka OCS sentenced to death for killing inmate

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Mutua hit Koome with a metal rod on the head several times
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The high court has sentenced former Ruaraka police station OCS Nahashon Mutua to death for killing an inmate in 2013.

Lady Justice Stella Mutuku ruled that prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that the former Inspector of Police murdered Martin Koome while he was being held at Ruaraka police station on 20th December 2013.

Mutua hit Koome with a metal rod on the head several times and also immersed his head in a drum full of water.

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Koome died from the injuries he sustained at the Kenyatta national hospital.

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He had been arrested after a domestic brawl at his home in Baba Dogo. He was admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) following the injuries before he succumbed a day later.

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The OCS had previously covered up his action by alleging that Koome was hurt in a fight in the cell with other inmates, allegations that saw another suspect in the same cell, Kevin Odhiambo, charged with the murder.

Odhiambo was freed in March last year after the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) intervened. Following the probe by the IPOA, the Director of Public Prosecution entered a nolle prosequi – the dismissal or termination of legal proceedings.

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The DPP instead directed that the former OCS be charged with the murder as recommended by IPOA.

At least 18 prosecution witnesses testified against the officer who was placed on defence in December last year.

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