A police officer who is facing charges of supporting terrorism has been mentioned in an ongoing inquest into the death of a 16-year old school boy, who was shot dead during riots over a pastor.

Police constable Abdi Jelle was named as one of the police officers who had fired shots after a rowdy mob threatened to lynch a pastor who was accused of having been found in a compromising position with another man’s wife in Embu town early last year.


He has denied posting an offensive message on Facebook glorifying the action of a rogue police officer who killed his seven colleagues at Kapenguria Police Station in August last year.

On Wednesday evening, Embu West DCIO George Etyang said Mr Jelle together with Embu deputy OCS Haile Wagane were the only officers who fired shots, to disperse the mob.

While giving his evidence during the inquest into the death of Kelvin Macharia Gicovi, Mr Etyang told Embu Resident Magistrate Julian Ndengeri that both had Ceska pistols and Mr Jelle fired six shots, while Mr Wagane fired one.

However, Mr Etyang who was the investigating officer in the matter said he could not expressly state which gun fired the fatal wound as the bullet head was never recovered.

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