No bail for Willie Kimani murder suspects

By Lilian Otieno.

Four Administration Police Officers accused of killing city lawyer Willy Kimani, his client and a taxi driver will remain remanded for the entire hearing period of their murder case.

The high court has denied the four Administrative Police officers bond.

Justice Jessie Lessit while delivering the ruling on the application said the prosecution has shown that the accused are likely to interfere with witnesses if they are released on bail.

She said there are potential witnesses who are likely to fade off if the accused are out on bond.

Lessit further ruled that the case facing the accused is serious and has heavy penalties in the event that they are proved guilty and therefore no amount of bond or bail would quantify the security of the witnesses and the victims’ families.

She said it is not a simple one since it involves a lawyer who was kidnapped while performing his duties, a bodaboda operator and a taxi driver who were struggling to earn a living.

” This sends chills in the spines of young lawyers” Lessit paused.

“There is a lot of public interest from LSK, IPOA and members of the deceased” the judge said.

The accused are facing four counts of murder of lawyer Willie Kimani and two others.

The four accused  Syokimau AP  commander Fredrick Leliman, Corporal  Stephen Chebulet,  Constable Silvia Wanjiku and Leonard Mwangi  have since denied the charges.

The officers are indicted in a dramatic murder case of the lawyer, taxi driver Joseph Muiruri and boda boda rider  Josephat Mwenda   whose badly mutilated bodies were  recovered from OI Donyo Sabuk river in Machakos County 8 days after their disappearance.

The trio were kidnapped as they left Mavoko law courts on the 23rd of June this year after a session on an alleged traffic offence charged on Mwenda.

The prosecution had earlier on told the court that after the kidnap, the three were taken to Syokimau AP camp.

They also said that the three were tortured before they were killed and their bodies tucked in gunny bags before being dumped at river Athi.

Hearing of the case continues on 9 January 2017.

 

  

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