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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,5TH APRIL,2018-A killer police officer accused of killing a criminal suspect five years ago in Githurai ,Titus Ngamau Musila, also known as Katitu, has been sentenced to 15 years in jail .
The cop , who was popular among Githurai residents for combating crime, will serve less time behind bars after the court put into consideration the four years he has already served in custody while awaiting conclusion of his case.
High Court Judge James Wakiaga on Thursday found Katitu guilty of murdering Kenneth Kimani Mwangi on April 14, 2013 at the Githurai 45 bus stage.
Katitu’s arrest in 2014 sparked protests, demonstrations and running battles between residents and law enforcers in Githurai 45 as the locals demanded his release, saying he had helped to reduce crime in Githurai 45, Zimmerman and Githurai Kimbo.
Mr Katitu was accused of killing Kenneth Kimani at Githurai bus stage on March 14, 2013.
Justice Wakiaga said , the suspect did not deserve to die the way he did.
He added that the victim was well known in the area but the police officer should have protected the society by arresting him, if it was true that he was a robber.
The judge said the case raised sensitive issues on the popularity of the former officer and the public’s attitude towards criminals.
He said the trial was not about the popularity of Katitu or whether the person he shot was a well known robber or if the officer killed the victim’s brother, but about the unlawful use of firearm.
Justice Wakiaga ruled that the police officer should have identified himself and given a clear warning first, but he Instead, shot him dead at close range.
Further, the judge ruled that no police officer has the right to take the life of a suspect unless under circumstances provided for in the law.