Willy Kimani’s murder case adjourned… again

Police officers Leonard Mwangi, Stephen Cheburet and Fredrick Leliman in court on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

The High Court has adjourned Willie Kimani’s murder case to Monday next week after reports that Justice Jessie Lessit was still unwell. – By John Mutiso

On Monday last week, the case was adjourned to today, January 25 due to his illness. 

Judge Daniel Ogembo who mentioned the matters allowed an application by defense lawyers to have the accused produced in court on Friday to meet with their lawyers and prepare before Monday when the hearing resumes.

Last month, Judge Jessie Lessit adjourned the case for the fourth consecutive time after two of the accused said they wanted adjournment. 

Fredrick Leliman and Steven Cheburet who are the first and second accused persons in the Kimani’s murder case and are represented by lawyer Cliff Ombata asked the court to adjourn was not in court.

Cliff Ombata at that time was in self-isolation after contracting the Covid-19 virus and was not able to appear in the court.

He was therefore directed by Judge Jessie Lessit to send his official Covid-19 test results to the court on Tuesday for verification. 

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Lawyer Cliff Ombata skipped a hearing after he had been diagnosed with COVID-19

Judge Lessit urged the defense lawyers in the case to put their best foot forward so that the court can conclude hearing the case.

The court has so far taken testimonies from 41 witnesses and only two are remaining to close the prosecution case.

In the case, four Administration Police officers; Fredrick Leliman, Sylvia Wanjiru, Leonard Mwangi and Stephen Cheburet alongside police informer Ngugi were charged with the murder of Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and driver Joseph Muiruri.

The victims’ bodies were found floating in River Ol Donyo Sabuk on June 30,2016.