Three police officers Fredrick Leliman, Stephen Morogo, Sylvia Wanjohi and informant Peter Ngugi – charged with the brutal murder of lawyer Willie Kimani and his client Josephat Mwenda and Joseph Muiruri have been found guilty of three counts of murder.
According to High Court Judge Jessie Lessit, Fredrick Leliman and the three co-acused persons had a clear motive to kill Willy Kimani’s client, Josephat Mwenda how had logged a complaint against him, a trial court has ruled
High court judge Justice Jessie Lessit said the court has noted that Leliman never denied ever meeting Mwenda.
“I find that the first accused had a reason to silence the deceased because his job was on the line due to the case Mwenda lodged at IPOA,” she said
“I find that Fredrick Leiman as principal offender and the only one among the five accused who had a motive to kill the Mwenda.”
The court has found that the police have proven beyond all measurable doubt that indeed first accused person was trailing Mwenda and it’s what prompted him to seek audience with the police oversight body IPOA.
Sergeant Leonard Mwangi has however been acquitted of the charges as the trial court found no grueling evidence against him.
“The court has established that fifth accused person’s action did not in any way cause the death of the deceased person and I therefore acquit him,’’ she ruled.
Willie Kimani, at the time of his death was working with International Justice Mission
Their bodies were later found a week later dumped at the Oldonyo Sabuk River in Kilimambogo draped in air-tight bag
By Rodgers Oduor