Lawyer Kimani’s Convicted Murderers Set To Be Sentenced Next Year

The sentence of four convicts in the murder of lawyer Willie Kimani was postponed by the High Court on Friday to February 3, 2023.

On July 22, police officers Stephen Cheburet, Fredrick Leliman, and Sylvia Wanjiku were found guilty of the offence of murder along with police informant Peter Ngugi.

Justice Jessie Lessit found them guilty of killing human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri on June 23, 2016.

On July 1, 2016, the bodies of the three men were discovered in gunny sacks in Ol Donyo Sabuk, Machakos County.
They were discovered more than a week after the men went missing.

Justice Lessit stated in her verdict that the accused shared a common aim of executing the victims.

“I am satisfied that the prosecution demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused were major offenders and acted with a single common intention to commit the offenses as charged,” stated Justice Lessit in her conviction ruling.

The judge also stated that the evidence based on the National Police Service’s investigation of the officers’ mobile phones and communication devices kept them at the site of the murder in Mlolongo.

It also demonstrated their movement when the remains were dumped in Ol Donyo Sabuk, which is more than 100 kilometers from Mlolongo.
“The prosecution relied on technology and forensic evidence, confessions, and Safaricom and Airtel phone call data,” the judge said.

“The call sites, handset history, geographical locations, and mobility were all recorded in the data.”

Kimani was defending Mwenda, who accused Leliman of shooting him in 2015 under unclear circumstances.

Justice Lessit, who concluded the case on February 11, 2022 said it was the longest criminal trial in her career.