Missing lawyer’s body found in a river in Ol-Donyo Sabuk – PHOTOS
Bodies identified as those of missing lawyer Willie Kimani and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri were on Friday found in a river in Ol-Donyo Sabuk.
The two bodies have been transferred to City Mortuary in Nairobi.
A third body, thought to be that of Mr Kimani’s client Josphat Mwenda, slipped back into the river.
Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss Ndegwa Muhoro said efforts to retrieve the missing body are under way.
At City Mortuary, the superintendent in charge said two bodies were brought in by police at 8.15am from Ol-Donyo Sabuk.
Some of the mortuary attendants said the bodies were found with their hands tied at their back.
CAUSE OF DEATH
The records at the morgue show that their cause of death was drowning.
Law Society of Kenya advocate Dan Kinuthia said the two were severely beaten and strangled. Their bodies are swollen and in bad shape, he said.
He said he identified the lawyer, “because he was my friend. He was a tiny guy but his body is too swollen…likely they killed him a long time ago,” he said, outside the mortuary.
The second body, Mr Kinuthia said, was beaten up, had an ear missing and the hands were tied with a sisal rope.
Earlier on Friday, a court had given Inspector-General Joseph Boinnet and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) up to 2pm to give an interim report on the status of investigations over the disappearance of the three people.
The missing persons had attended a criminal case at the Mavoko Law Courts where Mr Kimani was representing Mr Mwendwa.
Mr Mwendwa, had been charged with being in possession of bhang and resisting arrest.
STAB AP OFFICER
Police said that during the arrest in April last year in Syokimau, Mr Mwendwa attempted to stab a female Administration Police officer with a knife but her colleague shot him in the hand. He was arrested and taken to hospital and later charged in court.
Mr Mwendwa had claimed that the AP officer shot him following a disagreement over personal issues but the officer later changed the story and claimed that he accidentally shot him after he resisted arrest for being found in possession of bhang.
He reported the matter to the IPOA and the matter was still under investigations.
He claimed that the officer started harassing and intimidating him to drop the charges, prompting him to seek legal assistance from the IJM.