Ruling on confession in lawyer Willie Kimani murder case expected today
Published on: April 04, 2019 07:13 (EAT)
The High Court is on Thursday expected to rule on whether confession evidence in the Willie Kimani murder case will be admitted in court. The confession was allegedly given by Peter Ngugi, the fifth accused person in the case. Also Read: Man charged over lawyer Willie Kimani murder now claims police tricked him The trial will resume before Justice Jessie Lessit at 9.am Thursday. In the dock are four administration police officers and an informant who allegedly admitted to the 2016 murder of lawyer Kimani and two others. The Prosecution claims that Ngugi voluntarily confessed to the murder detailing how and where the executions were committed. However, the defence team has objected to the admission of the confession. The defence wants the confession- both in video and written format – disallowed on grounds that Ngugi is uneducated and was therefore not able to understand what he was made to sign or confess to. However, the Prosecution says the confession is key to the trial and will assist the court in making a proper determination in the trial. On February 20 this year, the informant Ngugi, who had been charged with the murder, changed tact and claimed that police officers tricked him. He alleged that those who testified against him in the Willie Kimani murder case promised to pay him Ksh.200,000 for his business, Ksh.30,000 monthly and give him a good house. He told the court how during his ‘detention’, the officers apparently attached to the DCI headquarters in Kiambu gave him ‘good food and treated him as a protected witness’.