UNDERGOING TREATMENT

Willie Kimani murder case: Court adjourns after accused tests positive for Covid-19

AP officer Cheburet who is remanded at Kamiti has Covid and is undergoing treatment.

In Summary

• The case was scheduled for hearing today but due to the new development, the court has adjourned the matter.

• Justice Jessie Lessit has directed the matter to be mentioned on October 26 for further directions from the court.

AP officers Fredrick Leliman, Leonard Mwangi, Silvia Wanjiku and Stephen Cheburet at Milimani law court during a past hearing in the lawyer Willie Kimani murder case.
AP officers Fredrick Leliman, Leonard Mwangi, Silvia Wanjiku and Stephen Cheburet at Milimani law court during a past hearing in the lawyer Willie Kimani murder case.
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A Nairobi court has this morning been informed that one of the accused persons in the Willie Kimani murder case is Covid-19 positive and was not able to appear in court for the hearing.

The court heard that the second accused AP officer Stephen Cheburet who is remanded at Kamiti Maximum prison has the coronavirus and is undergoing treatment.

The case was scheduled for hearing today but due to the new development, the court has adjourned the matter.

 

Justice Jessie Lessit has directed the matter to be mentioned on October 26 for further directions from the court.

The court has so far taken testimonies from 41 witnesses and only two are remaining to close the prosecution case.

In the case, four Administration Police officers Fredrick Leliman, Sylvia Wanjiru, Leonard Mwangi and Stephen Cheburet alongside police informer Ngugi were charged with the murder of Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and driver Joseph Muiruri.

The victims' bodies were found afloat in River Ol Donyo Sabuk.

In July, the High Court adjourned the case after the judge raised concern on the lack of a conducive court that will accommodate all parties.

Justice Jessie Lessit raised concern that the small tent provided by the Judiciary was small and could not hold everyone while adhering to the Ministry of Health directives on social distancing.

Judge Lessit said she had asked for a 100 capacity tent but was instead given the small tent and apologised to lawyers for the inconvenience.