MYSTERY DEATH

Court of Appeal Judge Odek found dead in his house

A team of investigators are currently at his apartment in Kisumu.

In Summary

• Nyanza Regional Police Commander Dr Vincent Makokha confirmed Justice Odek was found dead in his house on Monday morning.

• The judge stays in an apartment next to Kisumu Central Police Station.

The late Court of Appeal Judge Prof Justice James Otieno Odek.
The late Court of Appeal Judge Prof Justice James Otieno Odek.
Image: FILE

Court of Appeal Judge Prof Justice James Otieno Odek is dead.

Nyanza Regional Police Commander Dr Vincent Makokha confirmed Justice Odek was found dead in his house on Monday morning.

The judge stays in an apartment next to Kisumu Central Police Station.

 
 
 
 
 

Makokha said a team of investigators and a pathologist are currently at the scene.

“I have sent officers to ascertain the incident before the body is removed to the mortuary,” he told the Star on phone.

Odek was found on his bed. He came in on Friday and was dropped by the driver.

The judge stayed alone at the Groove Hut apartment.

The house was locked from inside with the keys and the judge's phones inside. The TV was still on when the body was found.

The scene outside Groove Hut apartments where the body of Court of Appeal Judge Prof Justice James Otieno Odek was found on Monday, December 16, 2019.
The scene outside Groove Hut apartments where the body of Court of Appeal Judge Prof Justice James Otieno Odek was found on Monday, December 16, 2019.
Image: MAURICE ALAL

" When the driver came to pick him he found the door locked. He went to report at Kisumu Central Police Station. The police had to break the door," Chief Magistrate Julius Ng'ang'a said.

Odek's body was covered with a blanket half way with his hand supporting his head as he slept on his back.

 

Ng'ang'a said the cause list was out of cases he was to preside over.

"When reached on phone he was not picking, " he added. 

Makokha said investigations are ongoing to establish the cause of death.

His body was taken to the Aga Khan Hospital Mortuary.

Chief Justice David Maraga said he was 'deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Odek'.

"He was not only a distinguished Judge but also a prolific legal scholar who was widely published and celebrated across the continent and beyond," Maraga said in his condolence message.

"On behalf of the Judiciary, the Judicial Service Commission and on my own behalf, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and the entire legal fraternity for this shocking loss."

 
 

Odek was born on October 18, 1963, in Eldoret Uasin Gishu county.

Judge Odek served as the Director of the Judiciary Training Institute from 2016 to 2018, having become a Judge of the Court of Appeal in 2012.


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