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Four Cops Held After Being Charged With Murder

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Four police officers and a bar owner are in custody after a court in Kakamega County ordered that they be charged with murder.

This followed a ruling made by Kakamega Principal Magistrate, Eric Malesi, on Friday, January 21 after an inquest by the court found that the five tortured one Raymond Lubango Mulanda to death.

In an incident that occurred on December 16, 2019, at around 8 pm, Senior Sergeant Michael Cherugut, and constables Duncan Wafula, Francis Kayemit and Juma Musa responded to a distress call by Dennis Rosana, the proprietor of Balozi Bar in Kakamega.

A court gavel. /FILE

Rosana reported that one of the patrons, now deceased, had become rowdy and was causing disturbance to other revellers.

According to one of the police officers, the deceased resisted arrest forcing him and his colleague on the beat, to call for reinforcement from the police station.

“A police vehicle came and the suspect agreed to board the vehicle, only for him to jump out of the van on the way to the police station,” added the officer as reported by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

However, the officers’ statement was found contradictory and not consistent with the autopsy report by the government pathologist.

“The pathologist who looked at the cause of Mulanda’s death concluded that the multiple internal injuries he suffered on the head were not consistent with motion trauma as the officers in question testified,” stated principal magistrate Malesi.

The principal magistrate averred that there were few chances that the multiple internal head injuries suffered by the deceased and a burst testicle were caused by jumping from the police vehicle as alleged by the rogue officers.

While making his ruling, Hon Malesi, called out the officers for their brutality and inhuman behaviour.

In a twist of fate for the four officers, they are currently held at the same police station they served, as DCI detectives based in Kakamega central, process them for arraignment to answer to murder charges.

An image of a jail cell. /FILE

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