Willie Kimani Murder: Accused Persons To Defend Themselves Before The Court

KEY POINTS

  • A Nairobi court has ruled that five people who are accused of murdering lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and a taxi driver have a case to answer.
  • Judge Jessie Lesit on Monday ruled that four police officers and a civilian will have to defend themselves before a final verdict is delivered.
  • The former police officers suspected to be involved in the murders include; Fredrick Leliman, Leonard Mwangi, Silvia Wanjiku, Stephen Chebulet.

A Nairobi court has ruled that five people who are accused of being involved in the murder of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and a taxi driver have a case to answer.

Judge Jessie Lesit on Monday ruled that four police officers and a civilian will have to defend themselves before a final verdict is delivered.

The former police officers suspected to be involved in the murders include; Fredrick Leliman, Leonard Mwangi, Silvia Wanjiku, Stephen Chebulet.

“I have considered the entire evidence and having done so I have come to the conclusion that the prosecution has established a prima facie case,” ruled Justice Lesit.

The prosecution closed its case on September 17 after presenting 46 witnesses to testify against the accused persons.

Defense hearing has been set as from Monday next week whereby the accused will call their witnesses.

Willie Kimani was murdered in 2016 together with his client Josephat Mwenda and a taxi driver Joseph Muiruri before their bodies were dumped in a river at Oldonyo Sabuk .

Their decomposing bodies were recovered a week after their disappearance.

Before he was killed, Kimani is said to have filed a complaint against a senior policeman accused of shooting his client, a boda boda rider and he was last seen at Syokimau police station.

Special Prosecutor Nicholas Mutuku assisted by Betty Rubia said they had submitted all the evidence gathered, after the testimony of the last witness Inspector Mwangi who testified before Lady Justice Jessie Lessit.

“Inspector Mwangi said the evidence gathered from mobile phone data had placed Peter Ngugi in the scenes of crime pertinent to the murder. He added that Ngugi’s confession implicated Ole Leliman and Leonard Mwangi,” the prosecution stated.

Police informer Peter Ngugi in 2019 narrated in excruciating detail how the three were killed.

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