Home Health Judge postpones case after suspect contracts Covid-19

Judge postpones case after suspect contracts Covid-19

A  Nairobian court judge has been forced to adjourn the murder case of lawyer Willy Kimani after one of the suspects tested positive for the dreaded Covid-19 disease.

The presiding Judge Jessie Lessit was told that one of the accused persons, Administration police officer Stephen Cheburet, had been quarantined for treatment of Covid-19 and was not able to physically appear for the hearing.

The AP, who attended the court session virtually from his sickbed, expressed his wishes of recuperating first before the hearing continued so that he can attend physically.

Cheburet further informed of his three prior tests which had all turned positive adding that he was scheduled to take the fourth on October 22.

Judge Lessit ordered the case to be adjourned to Monday, October 26.

Cheburet, alongside three other police officers and an informer, was arrested and charged with the murder of lawyer Willy Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and driverJoseph Muiruri.

In June 23, 2016, Lawyer Kimani and his counterparts were kidnapped after leaving the Mavoko Law Courts and their bodies later found floating on River Ol Donyo Sabuk.

However, on October 14, 2019, Lady Justice Lessit threw out a video reconstruction of the slain lawyer’s gruesome murder arguing that the clip was not admissible in court due to a breach of protocol.

In the video that went viral then, police informant, Peter Ngugi who confessed to having aided in the brutal killings that were allegedly carried out by Administration Police Officers gave a detailed narration of how the plan was hatched, all the way through to his murder in 2016.

The key reason that was given for its dismissal was an error by the forensic officer Joseph Muindi who was handling the case.

Judge Lusset ruled that an officer taking a suspect to the scene to make any record should be accompanied by another equally qualified officer and is not allowed to be involved during the exercise.

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