Ombeta ordered to get another lawyer in Willy Kimani murder case


Ombeta ordered to get another lawyer in Willy Kimani murder case
File image of lawyer Cliff Ombet. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • The judge issued the orders after the court was told that Ombeta is still recuperating and is unable to appear in person.
  • This is the third time that Ombeta failed to appear in court to represent his three clients.
  • So far, 35 witnesses have testified in the case.

Nairobi lawyer Cliff Ombeta has been ordered to get another advocate to represent three accused persons in the Willy Kimani murder case.

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High Court Judge Jessie Lessit said if Ombeta will not have recovered by next month, he will have no choice but to hand over the case to someone else.

She issued the orders on Wednesday after the court was told that Ombeta is still recuperating and is on medication.

This is the third time that Ombeta failed to appear in court to represent his three clients.

Meanwhile, lawyer Kevin Michuki will now represent the fifth accused person in the case.

This is after Peter Ngugi fired lawyer Nelius Kinyori saying that he wants to be presented by a male lawyer.

Ngugi indicated that he was not comfortable with the services provided by Kinyori saying: “I want a good lawyer ….a man like lawyer Nyaberi”.

In her response, Kinyori did not object to the application only noting that it is her client’s right to be presented by a lawyer of his choice.

The new lawyer, Michuki, on Wednesday asked the court to give him more time to go through documents pertaining to the proceedings.

So far, 35 witnesses have testified in the case.

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