Club owner on murder charge had blood on trousers, prosecutor
The owner of a popular nightclub in Nairobi charged with killing a patron had blood stains on his trousers and shoes, a prosecutor said on Monday.
Ms Catherine Mwaniki said a report on the samples has delayed the trial against Mr Jackson Maina Wangui, the owner of Club Click on Baricho Road.
“The investigating officer Mr John Shegu has gone to the government chemist thrice to get the report in vain as it is not ready. The first accused had blood stains on his trouser and shoes and we need to ascertain if it was the deceased’s blood,” the prosecutor said.
The prosecutor assured the trial judge Ms Stella Mutuku that there is “a new forensic technology” which has been established to “fast forward the release of exhibits ” from the government laboratory and asked for an adjournment.
Mr Maina, a licensed firearm holder, is charged alongside a security guard Mr Joseph Sepi with the murder of Kelvin Oduor who was a reveller at the club’s May 7, 2012 Reggae Night.
The deceased was allegedly dragged out of the dance floor and shot once in the head.
On Monday, a ballistic expert testified that a bullet had been fired from a Ceska pistol he received for examination relating to the case.
“From the examination I found that the expended cartridge was fired from the pistol marked Exhibit A,” chief inspector Hassan Mawingo said.
Another witness, a former floor manager at the club, said that on the night the reveler was killed there had been a commotion at a corner before he saw Mr Sepi leading out “someone.”
Mr George Kimani said he was not aware of any report of a stolen mobile phone but came to hear of it later.
“I had worked at the club for about a year and that night we had about 300 to 400 patrons,” the witness said.
He said he was the night supervisor and often received initial reports of thefts at the club.
“At around 2.00am I was attending to a client who was paying using a Visa card and I was checking details to confirm the bill. As I was swiping the card he nudged me and told me there was a commotion…there were about three people fighting,” he said.
He said he noticed Mr Sepi motioning the people who had been fighting towards the exit and later at about 3.00am police arrived and ordered the music to be switched off “ as an incident had happened.”
“I learnt someone had been shot,” the witness recounted.
He said in cross-examination that “nobody had reported the loss of a mobile phone as had been alleged.”
The witness said the bouncers at the club were not armed save for metal detectors.
Proceedings were on Monday adjourned to enable the prosecution secure the evidence from the government analyst.
Ms Mwaniki said she would contact the in-charge at the government chemist to “make the analysis a priority.”