Louis Otieno now wants Careen’s father to be subjected to DNA test
Former TV news anchor Louis Otieno now wants the father of Careen Chepchumba, his ex-girlfriend who was found dead six year ago, to undertake a DNA test in a fresh probe recommended by a court.
In letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Otieno’s lawyer Norman Magaya, has set five conditions that should be met before he is subjected to the probe including taking DNA samples from Mr Hosea Kili, the late Careen’s father.
Saying the ruling by former Kibera Magistrate Charles Ondieki had procedural lapses, Mr Otieno also wants Emmanuel Kili, a brother to the deceased, to undergo a similar test.
Emmanuel was the first person to arrive at Careen’s house at Santonia Court Apartments’ Kilimani when she was found dead, according to court records.
“We write to notify your good office that our client is agreeable and willing to cooperate with your office as may be required of him so as to unravel the truth and ensure the ends of justice are met,” Mr Magaya says in the letter dated May 30.
He informs the DPP that Mr Otieno is willing to be subjected to a DNA test if Mr Kili and his son undergo the same test.
The former journalist is also demanding an analysis of Careen’s telephone coordinates during the period she is said to have been murdered, that of the deceased parents and her brother.
According to Mr Otieno, the details he is demanding were not presented in court during the inquest into the death of Careen.
In his evidence, Mr Otieno, who has unfortunately lost his hearing ability, told the court that Careen confided to him that she was a victim of sexual abuse from her father. In his ruling the magistrate said the allegations were uncorroborated and could not be proved.
He is also asking the DPP to avail original statements recorded by security guards at Santonia court Apartments. According to Mr Otieno, the guards had confirmed he did not visit Careen during the week she was murdered.
The court recommended that samples of Otieno’s nail clippings be taken afresh in the presence of the government chemist after those taken by from Otieno by police in their investigations turned out to be of Careen.
The court also found that police exonerated Mr Otieno of involvement in the Careen’s death even before carrying forensic analysis of his phones and of the deceased to establish where he was at the time of her death.
Ms Careen was found dead inside her apartment at Santonia Court, Kilimani and after investigations police said they did not have a suspect.
She had claimed that the former journalist had been extorting money from her to finance his flashy lifestyle including medical bills, rent and upkeep.
Mr Otieno denied all the claims and has always maintained that he was neither Ms Careen’s boyfriend nor was he involved in her death. He however admitted that they were friends.