In Summary
  • Lawyer Ombeta tabled evidence to show that the bullet head retrieved from the skull of the dead man did not come from the accused’s’ firearm.
  • The lawyer further argued that the prosecution did not produce in court three other officers who were on patrol duties with Katitu.
  • The judge then directed that the accused remains in custody awaiting sentencing on February 27, 2018.

A police officer whose arrest sparked protests, demonstrations and running battles between residents and law enforcers in Githurai 45 over the killing of two brothers has been convicted.

High Court Judge James Wakiaga found Titus Ngamau Musila alias Katitu guilty of murdering Kenneth Kimani Mwangi on April 14, 2013 at the Githurai 45 bus stage.

His lawyer, Cliff Ombeta, had asked the judge to acquit the police constable as “no evidence had been [adduced] to prove he is the one who had shot dead Kenneth”.

BULLET HEAD

Mr Ombeta tabled evidence to show that the bullet head retrieved from the skull of the dead man did not come from the accused’s’ firearm.

The lawyer further argued that the prosecution did not produce in court three other officers who were on patrol duties with Katitu on the fateful day.

But in his judgement, Justice Wakiaga said the prosecution’s testimony proved that Katitu felled Kenneth during the operation to weed out thuggery in Githurai.

He stated the evidence adduced “directly pointed at the police officer whom the court heard was very popular with Githurai 45 residents for combating crime”.

DEMONSTRATIONS

Demonstrators, led by former Ruiru MP Esther Gathogo, blocked Thika Road for several days alleging that Katitu had been framed yet he was the one who had helped reduce crime in Githurai where victims were being robbed in broad daylight.

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