MP Lempurkel cleared for lack of proof in Voorspuy murder case

Laikipia North MP Mathew Lemppurkel greets a supporter outside Nanyuki law courts after he was cleared of charges in the murder of British rancher Tristan Voorspuy, April 10, 2017. /ELIUD WAITHAKA
Laikipia North MP Mathew Lemppurkel greets a supporter outside Nanyuki law courts after he was cleared of charges in the murder of British rancher Tristan Voorspuy, April 10, 2017. /ELIUD WAITHAKA

Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel will not be charged in connection to the murder of British rancher Tristan Voorspuy.

A Nanyuki closed the case on Monday

in a surprise turn of events, citing lack of evidence.

The MP was arrested on March 8 on allegations that he participated in the murder of the Sosian ranch co-owner three days earlier.

He first appeared in court on March 9 but detectives asked for more time to gather evidence. He appeared again on March 30 but the prosecution still told the court it needed more time but would be ready today.

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When the case was mentioned today, the prosecution told the court it intended to withdraw the case since it had failed to gather more evidence to sustain a murder charge against the MP.

“As prosecution, we do not have enough evidence against the accused. We are applying that this case be closed,” Caroline Muriu told resident magistrate Evans Ngige.

Muriu informed the court that three suspects were in custody over Voorspuy's murder and that one had been charged while two more are expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

Suspect Samson Lokayi denied the charges and is being held at Nanyuki GK Prison .

Last week, two more suspects were arrested during a market day in Ol Moran, Laikipia West and held at Rumuruti police station. One of them was found with slain rancher's phone.

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