In Summary
  • Mr Peter Ngugi Kamau told trial judge Jessie Lesiit that he was not getting along with his lawyer Neilias Kinyori and that he wanted to be represented by a male advocate.
  • Without going into details, Ms Kinyori, who has been representing the suspect pro bono, said his demands were against the law but noted that he had the right to choose another lawyer.
  • At the same time, the court was informed that lawyer Cliff Ombeta, who represents three police officers in the case, was still unwell and that his doctor had recommended three days of bed rest.
  • The trial has reached a crucial stage as the court is set to hear a video recording of Mr Ngugi's confession of how Mr Kimani and the other two people were arrested, tortured and killed in 2016.

The trial of five people accused of killing lawyer Willie Kimani, his client boda boda rider Josephat Mwenda and taxi Joseph Muiruri took a new twist on Tuesday when one of the accused persons said he no longer wanted to be represented by his advocate.

Mr Peter Ngugi Kamau told trial judge Jessie Lesiit that he was not getting along with his lawyer Neilias Kinyori and that he wanted to be represented by a male advocate.

Asked by iustice Lesiit whether he could afford to hire an advocate, Mr Ngugi said he could not afford so the government should assist him.

Without going into details, Ms Kinyori, who has been representing the suspect pro bono, said his demands were against the law.

“I have given my best and represented my client well but if he wishes to be represented by another lawyer, it is his right,” she said.

SICK OMBETA

At the same time, the court was informed that lawyer Cliff Ombeta, who represents three police officers in the case, was still unwell and that his doctor had recommended three days of bed rest.

Through lawyer Sam Nyaberi, Mr Ombeta said an ophthalmologist saw him on Monday and asked him to rest.

However, the prosecutor told the court that the happenings were parts of plans to scuttle the case since it has reached a crucial stage.

Last week, the case was adjourned twice after Mr Ombeta failed to show up for the hearing.

He turned up on Friday after the court ordered a probe and protested the move, stating that he did not choose to fall sick.

The prosecution and victims’ lawyers, led by Senior Counsel Fred Ojiambo and Ben Sihanya, noted that Mr Ombeta’s absence was inconveniencing other persons and the expeditious conclusion of the case.

RECORDED CONFESSION

The trial has reached a crucial stage as the court is set to hear a video recording of Mr Ngugi's confession of how Mr Kimani and the other two people were arrested, tortured and killed in 2016.

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