MURDER CHARGES

Willie Kimani: Ombeta in spirited fight to save accused

Lawyer picks holes in last witness's testimony that had put his client on the crime scene.

In Summary
  • The court heard that the Toyota NZE used by the Spiv team was a lost and found vehicle.
  • The Wingroad was registered under number KCG 959H and was produced in court last week.

Lawyer Cliff Ombeta on Monday put up a spirited fight in a bid to have his client Fredrick Leliman accused of the Willie Kimani murder.

While cross-examining the last witness, Chief Inspector Clement Mwangi, Ombeta picked holes in his testimony that had put his client on the scene of the crime.

However, Mwangi insisted that Leliman was among the people who abducted Willie, his client Josephat Mwenda and driver Joseph Muiruri.

Mwangi told court that one of the vehicles belonging to Ombeta's client is believed to have transported the bodies from the killing site in Soweto to Ol Donyo Sabuk River where they were dumped.

The court heard that one of the number plates, KBF 876E, was being interchangeably used with KBB 761T on a Toyota NZE silver in colour by the Mlolongo Spiv team that Leliman was part of.

The court heard that the Toyota NZE used by the Spiv team was a lost and found vehicle.

After the killing of Kimani, Josephat and Joseph, the number KBF 876E believed to have been used in the crime disappeared, the witness said.

The number is believed to have been used on a Wingroad on June 23 to ferry the bodies to the river.

The Wingroad was registered under number KCG 959H and was produced in court last week by the defence as the vehicle used to ferry the bodies from the scene of the murder.

The Nissan Wingroad KCG 959H is among three vehicles that police investigated and were of interest in the murder of the trio.

In the case, four police officers Leliman, Stephen Cheburet, Sylvia Wanjiku, Leonard Mwangi and police informer Peter Ngugi wrote the confession.

The hearing continues.