Willie Kimani murder case adjourned after lawyer Cliff Ombeta taken ill


The trial of four police officers who are being charged for the brutal murder of lawyer Willie Kimani and two others has been adjourned after their lawyer, Cliff Ombeta, fell ill.

The Monday morning trail failed to kick off after Ombeta failed to turn up.

According to the advocate holding brief for Ombeta, he was admitted for two hours and given three days bed rest.

Justice Nekoye Sitati , the prosecution and other counsels were infuriated by the excuse, expressing  dissatisfaction in the manner which the counsel  asked for adjournment without providential hospital documents.

The Judge however allowed the case adjournment only for a day, and directed Ombeta to send an advocate who will defend his clients on his behalf from Tuesday November 8 when full trial of the murder is expected to proceed.

In the case, administration police officers Fredrick Leliman, Leonard Mwangi, Stephen Chebulet and Silvia Wanjiku have been charged with the murder of Kimani, taxi driver Joseph Muturi and   boda boda operator Josephat Mwenda.

The three victims were allegedly  kidnapped on their way from Mavoko law courts June 23  and  taken to Syokimau AP  camp.

Their bodies were found in Oldonyo Sabuk river days after they were reported missing.

Also charged with their murder is Peter Ngugi alias “Brown”, who suspected to have driven the taxi that the three men used before they were abducted  and tortured to death by their killers .

The case that had been allocated 10 days was meant to start Monday November 7 and end Thursday November 17.

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