State urges court to reject officers pleas

Friday, October 22nd, 2021 00:00 |
DPP Noordin Haji
DPP Noordin Haji. Photo/PD/File
DPP Noordin Haji

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji yesterday urged the High Court to reject affidavits filed by six Kianjokoma Police Station officers accused of murdering two brothers.

At the same time, probation reports on the six officers raise questions about their places of abode hence compromising their chances of being released on bond.

The DPP through a senior State counsel made an application before the trial judge, Justice Daniel Ogembo asking the court to reject affidavits filed by each of the accused persons stating their place of fixed abode. 

The prosecutor told the court each of the accused  has contradicted the information in supporting of the places of residence. 

But defence lawyers Danstan Omari and Cliff Ombeta strongly opposed the DPP’s application, saying their clients have complied with the court order, which required them to state their fixed abode before ruling on whether or not to be released on bail pending hearing and determination of the murder case. 

Justice Ogembo postponed his ruling until November 4 when he will deliver on whether to grant the accused persons bond or not. He will also rule on whether to reject affidavits by accused persons.

The judge had ordered the six officers to file in court information regarding their places of residence. 

Police officers Benson Mputhia, Consolata Kariuki, Nicholas Cheruiyot, Martin Wanyama, Lilian Chemuna and James Mwaniki are accused of killing brothers Emmanuel and Benson Ndwiga in Kianjokoma area in Embu county.

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