Autopsy: Deceased student was shot four times

Friday, December 18th, 2020 22:18 |

An autopsy on the body of the university student who was killed by police at Kwanza in Trans-Nzoia County shows the deceased was shot four times before he died.

Dr.Dixon Muchana, the pathologist who carried out the examination said the deceased was killed by four bullets.

Muchana released the report on Friday in the presence of the deceased's family, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority(IPOA) and rights groups.

On Friday last week, Violence rocked Namanjalala trading centre in Trans Nzoia after the student was shot dead by police officers conducting a crackdown on illicit brews.

The enraged residents protesting the killing of the 20-year Eugene Sebastian, a second year Bachelors of Education student at Kibabii University in Bungoma, engaged the officers in running battles that lasted for hours.

A photograph of Sebastian Simiyu who was shot by police in Namanjalala during a swoop on illicit brews

The villagers tried setting on fire the chief’s office which is adjacent to the police post before being repulsed by anti- riot police officers from Kitale police station who lobbied teargas to disperse them.

Parents of the deceased faulted police claims that their son was blocking the police from carrying out the raid.

"It is not true that my son Sebastian was trying to prevent the police officers from destroying his father’s alcohol as alleged. This is foul play from officers and I'm demanding justice for my son," said Jackyline Namalwa, the deceased’s mother.

His father sobbing in tears said it was wrong for the police officers shooting his harmless son, saying two wrongs do not make a right.

"Yes I brew busaa whose proceeds I have been using to educate all my children. The brutal use of live bullets that killed my son must be investigated and justice seen to be done," he told the People Daily.

Trans Nzoia County police commander Fredrick Ochieng confirmed the incident saying police had launched investigations into the killing.

Initial reports, however, indicated that the student who was instructed by his father to have the barking dogs locked up was shot at several times by the police officers who had invaded the compound in the morning.

"The deceased was shot several times by the officers leaving him dead. It is a very sad incident at such a time when the young man was preparing to report back to Kibabii university in January next year. We demand for justice for his death," a resident told the People Daily.

Kapomboi ward representative Bernard Wanjala Mlipuko and Trans Nzoia county assembly Minority leader Emmanuel Waswa condemned the brutal killing of the student and demanded that officers from the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA ) launch investigations.

Waswa said the area had witnessed police brutality for some time and cited a case where five people were brutally killed by police officers at Kolongolo trading centre with two other sustaining permanent injuries in December, 2018.

"We are asking IPOA and Inspector General of police Hillary Mutyambai to take action against the officers behind the killing of the student," he said.

The body of the deceased was later taken to Kitale county referral hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.

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