Lawyer Willie Kimani
By ABDULHAKIM SHERMAN
Investigators are following leads that three police officers booked lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and taxi driver at a Syokimau police post and went back to pick them before they disappeared the Daily Reporter has learnt.
Those conversant with the ongoing investigations into the killing of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri said investigators are pursuing three more police officers over the murders that have sparked nationwide protests.
“The three have absconded duty and are on the run. They are the ones who booked the suspects at Syokimau Police Post and later came to pick them before they disappeared,” our sources indicated.
And as investigations into the murders intensified the postmortem examinations have revealed that the lawyer and his two associates were killed with blows to their heads using blunt objects and strangulation, postmortem examinations have shown.
An eight-hour autopsy led by Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor exposed the savagery meted out on lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri.
The postmortem report indicated that Mr Kimani was smashed numerous times on the back of the head with a heavy blunt object. Mr Muiruri was first strangled and then finished off with blows to his head with a blunt object.
According to the Standard newspaper, the killers were more brutal on Mwenda, the boda boda operator whom the lawyer was representing at the time of their disappearance. As evidence of barbaric torture, Mwenda had severe bleeding in the chest, neck and a fracture in the head indicating he had also been hit with a blunt object.
According to Dr Oduor, their findings were that Mwenda and Muiruri had been killed by both strangulation and injuries in the head. However the lawyer was killed by an object that was used to smash his head severally.
“The object they used to kill the lawyer seemed to have been heavier than the one used on the rest, the fracture was more severe,” he said. The autopsy was done at Kenyatta National Hospital mortuary because City Mortuary did not have the facilities needed for the specialised postmortem.
Also present during the post mortem that started at 11am and ended a few minutes before seven o’clock was Dr Andrew Gachie who represented the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).
On Monday, three Administration Police officers (Senior Sergeant Fredrick Leliman, Corporal Stephen Chebulet and Constable Silvia Wanjiku Wanjohi) were arraigned in court over the killings. Police successfully petitioned Milimani Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo to have the three detained for 14 days to conclude investigations.
In court, prosecutors disclosed that more suspects were being sought by investigators, who had confiscated mobile phones of suspects and submitted them for forensic analysis.
Lawyers protest demonstrate outside Nakuru Central Police station on July 4,2016 over extrajudicial killings following the abduction and killing of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and driver. (Photo: Kipsang Joseph)
“My team and I have obtained crucial information that there are other people involved in the killings and they are currently being pursued by investigators,” Robert Owino, the lead investigator from the Flying Squad said in an affidavit.
Postmortem examinations on the badly mutilated bodies began yesterday at 12pm and went on into the night at the Kenyatta National Hospital mortuary in a bid to establish what killed the three. Medics spent hours on each body.
The postmortem examinations were witnessed by representatives from Homicide, Law Society of Kenya and the International Justice Mission, an American legal aid group which Mr Kimani worked for. Sources said CT scans and X-ray examination of the bodies were done on Saturday.
Lawyers and members of civil society started countrywide demonstrations on Monday to protest the killing of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and a taxi driver.
They were joined by the families of Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri in demonstrations in Nairobi, with calls on police chiefs to resign over the murders.
The lawyers boycotted court sessions and joined the protests in most towns across the country. Police provided security to the protesters as they marched in streets to protest against extra-judicial killings.
The protesters started at Freedom Corner in Uhuru Park and marched through Kenyatta Avenue, Moi Avenue, City Hall Way, Parliament Road and Harambee Avenue.
They dropped petitions at Office of the President and police headquarters calling for an end to extrajudicial killings.
Most protesters had white T-shirts flecked in red to symbolise bloodshed while others displayed purple ribbon. Those on the frontline carried three coffins which they dumped outside Harambee House.
They also carried placards condemning police killings. Most courts were deserted countrywide following the protests, with litigants who turned up being referred to the registries to take new dates for their cases.
Led by the Law Society of Kenya President Isaac Okero, the lawyers vowed to continue with their protests. “All victims of extra-judicial killings and forceful disappearance must get justice,” said Okero outside the Supreme Court of Kenya.
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