Judge Jessie Lesiit Alarmed After Lawyer Ombeta Goes Missing

  • High court judge, Justice Jessie Lesiit, has directed the prosecution to inquire what was ailing criminal lawyer, Cliff Ombeta, after he continuously failed to appear in court.

    The judge highlighted that his absence from court delayed the hearing of slain lawyer Willie Kimani's murder and two other cases.

    On Tuesday, a lawyer holding Ombeta's brief presented medical records showing that he was unwell and had been taken to Nairobi Hospital, where he had been issued with painkillers and eye medication.

    The judge allowed the application and directed that the matter be mentioned on Thursday for further direction.

    However, he did not show up on Thursday as well. The judge stated that the court and other parties were left in the dark, not knowing his condition and when he would be ready to proceed with the case.

    She advised that Ombeta presents himself in court on Friday.

    Lawyer Willy Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and a taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri, were murdered in cold blood and concealed in sacks before they were thrown in a river.

    Four police officers, Fredrick Leliman, Stephen CheburetSylvia Wanjiku and Leonard Maina Mwangi were arrested in connection with the murder which occurred on June 23, 2016.

    Ombeta represents two accused persons in the trial.