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Four cops linked to lawyer kimanis murder in court/file photo
BY UPESI NEWS REPORTER,NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 8 – Four police officers charged with the murder of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and their driver have been denied bail by the High Court.
Justice Jessie Lesit ruled that there is likelihood the four will intimidate witnesses and also tamper with evidence.
She further pointed out that some of the witnesses are family members of the late Kimani and stated that they are less likely to give evidence should the suspects be granted bail.
The four will now face their trial while in custody.
Lawyer Willie Kimani and two other people he was abducted with died from fractures caused by a blunt object.
A post-mortem result revealed that the trio’s subsequent death was a result of being hit in the head.
Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri were killed and their bodies dumped in Oldonyo Sabuk River.
According to the report, Kimani was beaten up several times at the back of his head by assailants before being strangled to death.
When his body was found, he was still tied by a rope.
On the other hand, the taxi driver was first strangled and then beaten on the head with the same blunt object.
The results indicated that Mwenda incurred severe bleeding on the neck, chest and a fracture on his head.
The autopsy was carried out at Kenyatta National Hospital by government pathologist Johansen Oduor accompanied by other specialists.
Police officers Fredrick Leliman, Stephen Chebulet, Leonard Mwangi and Silvia Wanjiku were later arrested and detained over the killings of the three.