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Evidence lost as protesters torch murdered lawyer’s crime scene

Crucial evidence in the “Mavoko Three” murder case was destroyed after protesters burnt down a crime scene in Syokimau.

The protesters who were majorly boda boda riders in the area razed down a container in which the three suspects were held before their death.

International Justice Mission lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and a taxi driver Joseph Muiruri were held by police for hours before going missing only for their bodies to be found in Ol Donyo Sabuk River days later.

The three victims were abducted by unknown men on June 23 as Mr Mwenda, a boda boda rider, and his lawyer, Mr Kimani, left a courtroom in Mavoko.

The killing of Mr Mwenda who was a boda boda rider in Syokimau before his death prompted his colleagues to go on rampage on Wednesday.

Police watched helplessly as a section of the camp went down in flames as protesters cheered on.

The container in which the three were held for hours had been locked and marked as a crime scene by detectives investigating the killings.


On Tuesday, Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro appeared before a court to give a progress report in the investigations.

He stated that international criminal investigating agency FBI had been invited to assist with the investigation.

Lawyer Kimani was working with an international justice firm hence the involvement of the renowned agency.

His client, Mr Mwenda, had earlier accused an administration police officer of shooting him in the hand while trying to arrest him. The case was still pending in court.

Three suspects, Fredrick ole Leliman, Stephen Cheburet Morogo and Silvia Wanjiku Morogo were arrested on Friday.

The court allowed the police 14 days to hold the three officers in custody for interrogation and recording of statements.

On Tuesday, a fourth suspect Leonard Maina Mwangi appeared before a criminal court in Nairobi where investigators sought an extended custodial order against him “to help with investigations.”