Video reconstructs the scene of city lawyer Kimani’s murder

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 10:33 |
Lawyer Willie Kimani murder suspects at the Milimani Law Courts, yesterday. They are from left police informer Peter Ngugi, police officers Leonard Mwangi, Silvia Wanjiku, Stephen Cheburet and Fredrick Leliman. Ngugi has confessed to the murder. Photo/PD/CHARLES MATHAI.

 In a video yet to be played in court, a police informant who confessed to having assisted Administration Police officers to kill lawyer Willie Kimani and two others reconstruct the crime scene— and how the bodies were traced.

Forensic officer Joseph Muindi showed the court a DVD containing 47 minutes and  48 seconds video footage recording of the informant, Peter Ngugi’s blow-by-blow account of what transpired. 

He told High Court judge Jessie Lessit that he took the video evidence on August 10, 2016 showing the spots where Kimani, his client Josephat Mwendwa and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri, were kidnapped and killed.

On Monday, the court was taken through Ngugi’s 21-page written confession detailing how the four police officers planned and carried out the brutal murders.

Ngugi is charged alongside four AP officers Fredrick Leliman, Stephen Cheburet, Sylvia Wanjiku and Leonard Maina Mwangi with the murder of the three who were kidnapped after leaving Mavoko Law Courts on June 23, 2016.

Yesterday, the court was expected to view the 47 minutes 48 seconds video recording showing all the scenes where the crime was committed and how they were committed but the case was adjourned to today.

Physical evidence

“Crime scene reconstruction is a forensic process whereby we determine or eliminate any effects which occurred at the crime scene by analysing physical evidence. The role of the suspect is to take us through all that happened in a crime scene,” he told the court.

Muindi told the court that he started the first recording at his office when Ngugi was brought to him by homicide investigating officer Clement Mwangi, who had asked for his assistance in reconstructing the crime scene.

“I laid all the questions to the suspect and informed him of his rights and whether he preferred to use Kiswahili…He did not have a problem and he agreed to proceed with the recording,” he told the court.

DCI detective Muindi told Justice Lessit yesterday that Ngugi took them to the next place which was at Mlolongo Police Station and later Mavoko Law Courts where they did some recordings.

“About less than a kilometre, we did another recording where they abducted the deceased persons,” he told the court.

The court heard that they proceeded to Limuru which was the third scene where he parked the vehicle used by the lawyer before they were kidnapped.

“We went to a forth scene at Syokimau AP Camp…the suspect showed us the cells where the three were held,” Muindi told the court.

The police officer told the court that they then proceeded to the actual scene on Mombasa Road where the three were  murdered.

“From there we proceeded to our last scene which was Athi River in Ol-Donyo Sabuk area, Machakos county where the suspect explained to us how they disposed the bodies,” he told the court.

“I was using official equipment which was a camera. I paired the original working recording which I further generated using official working equipment and downloaded the recording.” 

Ngugi’s lawyer Kevin Michuki has objected to the production of the DVD and transcripts in court. Justice Lessit directed the matter proceed today.

Meanwhile, another witness whose national identification card was used to register the SIM card used by Ngugi, testified yesterday morning explaining how he lost his ID.

Kareithi Muriungi Moses, who works with SGR, said he lost his ID towards the end of January 2015 and he reported the matter at Mlolongo Police Station.

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