Police officers, informant in lawyer Willy Kimani murder case denied bail


Senior Sergeant Fredrick Leliman, Sergeant Leonard Maina Mwangi, Corporal Stephen Chebulet and Constable Silvia Wanjiku ...
Senior Sergeant Fredrick Leliman, Sergeant Leonard Maina Mwangi, Corporal Stephen Chebulet and Constable Silvia Wanjiku Wanjohi who were before High Court Judge Jessy Lesit at the Milimani Law Courts

Four police officers and an informant accused of killing human rights lawyer Willie Kimani will remain in police custody.

On Thursday morning, Fredrick Leliman, Stephen Cheburet Morogeo, Sylvia Wanjiku Wanjohi and Leonard Maina Mwangi were denied bail/bond terms.

Justice Jessy Lessit said nothing has changed since the first time they applied to be released.

This was their second bid for bail/bond at the Milimani Law Courts.

The court previously ruled that confession and evidence presented to investigators from the police informant, who is also the 5th accused, will be used against them in the case.

Peter Ngugi Kamau, the fifth accused person, is reported to have confessed to investigators how the deceased advocate and two others were kidnapped, brutally murdered and their bodies dumped into a river.

It is alleged that Kamau gave up the gruesome details hoping that he would be made a State witness.

He however recanted his earlier confession in a public court after he was charged with murder alongside the four officers after realizing things had changed.

Advocate Willy Kimani, his client Mr Josphat Mwenda and their taxi driver Mr Joseph Muiruri were kidnapped when leaving the Mavoko Law Courts on June 23, 2016.

A week later, their bodies were pulled out of Oldonyo Sabuk river in Machakos County stashed in gunny bags.

The trial will proceed for two weeks in July with investigation officers expected to present the 5th accused person’s confession as evidence.

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