Four charged with murder of Homeboyz RFC ace Wekesa

The four suspects in the murder of Homeboyz RFC player, Andrew Wekesa, appear before the ...
The four suspects in the murder of Homeboyz RFC player, Andrew Wekesa, appear before the Machakos High Court on Monday, February 27, 2017. PHOTO/Enock Muswii

Four suspects appeared before the Machakos High Court on Monday accused of the murder of Homeboyz RFC forward, Andrew Wekesa outside a bar in Mlolongo last month.

Anthony Mbunge, Lawrence Matata, Stephen Kioni and Kelvin Matata appeared before Judge Pauline Nyamweya in Machakos.

They all denied the charges and the State Prosecutor was given 10 days to file an affidavit why they should not be released on bond with the defence counsel given a week after being served to file any response to the affidavit

The Judge ordered that the cases against the suspects will be consolidated to be heard and determined together.

The hearing of the case on the application for bond will be on March 27 with the four remanded in custody without bond.

The Judge examined them one by one as to their mental capacity to take plea and stand trial and concluded that they were mentally fit to do so.

Wekesa who was due to return to action for Homeboyz within a fortnight of his gruesome murder met his death after a brawl that occurred outside a bar in Mlolongo in the outskirts of the Kenyan capital.

“He was in the company of another man when an argument ensued between him and another group. A fight broke out and it spilled into the street,” the Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) in Mlolongo, Sharma Wario, said at the time.

The OCPD detailed that one of the suspects went into a vehicle and emerged with what is believed to be a screwdriver after the well built rugby ace subdued them and proceeded to stab Wekesa in the chest.

Members of the public then rushed the stricken Wekesa to Shalom Hospital in Athi River but he succumbed to his injuries.

Wekesa was part of the Under 19 team that represented Kenya in 2012 and is the third Kenyan player to pass on after the deaths of Mwamba’s Victor Wayodi and Nondescripts’ Ogeto Gacheo in 2016.

Homeboyz thereafter announced plans to organise a touch rugby tournament in his Wekesa’s honour besides postponing their Kenya Cup fixtures as the club paid their respects to the forward who had been out of action for close to a year injured.

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