July 13, 2017
Police officers on trial over the murders of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani and two others were dealt a blow on Thursday after the High Court declined to delay the case.
Lawyers representing to officers wanted more time despite the fact that the high-profile murder trial resumed after a two-month break.
The legal brass sought the extension to allow them appeal against a decision that rejected their bid to bar victims from cross –examining witnesses.
Trial judge Jessie Lessit said the request by the defence team was premature.
The judge also declined to expunge crucial evidence that was introduced by lawyers representing victims in the case.
“I am unable to even consider the application as there is nothing before me,” the judge said
The AP officers are Stephen Chebulet, Fredrick Leliman, Leonard Maina, Stephen Chebulet and Silvia Wanjiku.
Their trial alongside informer Peter Ngugi is now expected to run on a day-to-day basis for the next two weeks.
Johana Ngoria, a police officer working at Ol Donyo Sabuk police station, gave his account of the incident.
He is the one who retrieved the bodies of Kimani, his client Josphat Mwenda and driver Joseph Muiruri from Sabuk River.
The officer said they were tied on their waist with gunny bags while their heads had been tied with plastic bags.