May 18, 2022

Lawyer Willie Kimani murder: Four police officers, their informer have case to answer

The late lawyer Willie Kimani

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High Court has ruled that the accused four police officers and their informer have a case to answer in the murder of lawyer Willie Kimani.

The court on Monday placed all the five on their defence after the prosecution last week formally closed its case in the case after calling a total of 46 witnesses.

The APS – Fredrick Leliman, Stephen Cheburet, Sylvia Wanjiku and Leonard Mwangi – are charged alongside Peter Ngugi, the police informant.

The five are also charged for murdering Kimani’s client Josephat Mwenda and their driver Joseph Muiruri.

“I have considered the entire evidence and having done so I have come to conclusions that the prosecution has established a prima facies case,” Justice Jessie Lessit said.

The suspects’ Lawyer Cliff Ombeta said that they will call four witnesses.

Kimani, Mwenda and their driver Joseph Muiruri were abducted on June 23, 2016, shortly after leaving Mavoko Law Courts, Athi River, where they were pursuing a case against the police.

The three victims were driven to their deaths at 7 pm in a thicket in Mlolongo, in a Nissan Wingroad belonging to a police officer.

A team of investigators said the three were bludgeoned at an open field a few meters away from an AP camp, where they had been held for hours.

Their bodies were then stuffed into gunny bags and dumped at to Ol-Donyo Sabuk River, which is almost 70 kilometres away from the crime scene.

 

 

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