BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,18TH NOV,2021-The Homa-Bay High Court has charged five police officers with the murder of a middle-aged man in Kamenya village, Rangwe constituency, three years ago. They were released on a Ksh 500,000 bond after pleading not guilty to the charge.
Michael Ochango, Silas Anyira, Bernard Maritim, Steven Owino, and Wycliffe Cheptoo, who appeared before Justice W. Kiarie on September 17, 2017, were charged with the murder of Silvanus Owinji.
The five officers and another police officer identified Edwin Moenga before the court raided the deceased’s house on the relevant day and arrested him for allegedly selling bhang, according to the court.Justice Kiarie heard that the sixth police officer inflicted pain on Owinjo by causing injuries in him leading to his death.
The five police officers were arrested on November 3 this year at Rangwe police station they were attached while the sixth one escaped the arrest and he is still at large.
The chairperson of Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) Anne Makori told the court that the six officers used excessive force during the arrest and inflicted serious injuries on Owinji resulting in his demise.
IPOA reported to court that the six police officers took the deceased to Rangwe police station on the material day when he was in a coma and the officer in charge of the station declined to admit the deceased in the cell before taken to Homa-Bay County Referral hospital for medication where he was pronounced dead the following day.
The hearing of the case is slated for March 1, 2022.