DPP approves murder charges for trio in death of reveller at Kisii club

Police complained of attempts to compromise witnesses in the case and warned of action

In Summary
  • This was after the prosecutors reviewed evidence presented
  • The charges come amidst a push to solve the matter out of court
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The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution has approved murder charges against three following a road contractor's death during a scuffle at a club in Kisii town.

Jeremiah Nyamweya, 37 succumbed to injuries he sustained during the scuffle on March 10.

The three, Innocent Ratemo, Lucy Kurura and Benson Nyagaka were presented in court on March 15 and police were granted an application to detain them for 14 days as investigations continue.

ODPP gave consent for the three to be charged with murder on Monday after prosecutors reviewed presented evidence.

Police complained of attempts to compromise witnesses in the case and warned of action.

The incident had earlier on been reported at the Bosongo Hospital as an accident.

A boda boda rider, who took Nyamweya to the hospital, said he was hit by a vehicle while riding as a pillion passenger near Ram Hospital in Kisii town.

Nyamweya had a dislocated hand and injuries on the head.

He later succumbed to the injuries and the body was transferred to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary.

A postmortem established that the contractor's death was caused by a blunt force trauma.

A review of the club's surveillance footage shows a group of people pulling each other, before Nyamweya is punched and pushed to the ground.

One man kicks his head as others, including a bouncer, try to prevent the fight.

Before the incident, the group was drinking while seated at the same table. It is alleged that they differed over a woman.

Police said upon realising that Nyamweya was hurt, they paid a boda boda rider and asked him to take him to the hospital with the accident narrative,.

The detectives talked to more than ten witnesses in the case.

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