BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,4TH SEPT 2017-The High Court on Monday discharged a suspect in the murder of IEBC ICT manager Chris Msando with no charges being preferred against him.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko urged Justice James Wakiaga to discharge the suspect, Mr Andrew Kipkoech Rono who is an accountant , then direct him to be reporting to the homicide department of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
A state prosecutor, Ms Catherine Mwaniki, urged Justice Wakiaga to release the suspect as the police conduct further investigations but defence lawyers Harun Ndubi and Geofrey Tele opposed saying “no charges have been preferred against the suspect despite being detained for 19 days.”
Ms Mwaniki stated that she had been instructed by the DPP to ask the court to discharge the suspect while investigations proceed.
“Police will release the suspect on bond then require him to report to the homicide department of the Directorate of the Criminal Investigations as it deems necessary,” Ms Mwaniki submitted.
Mr Ndubi opposed any further detention of the suspect, stating that police have not found any convincing evidence to enable them file a murder charge against Mr Rono. He then urged Justice Wakiaga to discharge him unconditionally.
Mr Rono, 58, an accountant with a State corporation, has been in police custody for 19 days.
He will be released on a police bond while investigations on Mr Msando’s death continue.
He has been in custody since August 16, 2017 when he was detained on orders of a Kiambu magistrate.
The magistrate had allowed a police request to have Mr Rono detained and probed over an allegedly threatening message he was said to have sent the late Msando, whose killing caused an uproar.