How Willie Kimani Killers Tried to 'Fool' Detectives

  • A preliminary report into the murder of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client, and a taxi driver has revealed that their killers worked in conjunction with other people to fool detectives who were investigating the matter.

    Phone records obtained by detectives showed that the suspects used the mobile phones of the three slain men to swing police off their trail.

    The mobile phones were taken to different parts of the country and investigators believe that the move was meant to confuse them, as the suspects sought more time to get rid of the three victims.

    Kimani's phone signal was tracked to Kiambu, Josphat Mwenda's (client) mobile device was traced to Bungoma while taxi driver Joseph Muiruri's phone signals indicated the device was at Kawangware in Nairobi.

    Detectives believe that the brutal murder of the three was conducted by a hired hit squad.

    It is alleged that the three suspects in the case; Senior Sergeant Fredrick Leliman, Corporal Stephen Chebulet and Constable Silvia Wanjiku never left Syokimau police camp, meaning that another party was involved in executing the three.

    Investigators handling the case told Citizen TV that phone records of the three victims showed that they were switched off at intervals of about 20 minutes

    The taxicab used by the deceased is also believed to have been used in diverting the attention of police looking into the matter. The vehicle was first captured by CCTV cameras on June 23, at midday, near Cabanas along Mombasa road.

    It was later spotted along Langata road before it got into the southern by-pass heading to Kikuyu. According to investigation records, that was the last time the vehicle was spotted before it was found abandoned.

    Investigators who spoke on condition of anonymity claimed that every move taken by the killers was well calculated to throw them off-track.

    The three suspects were arraigned in court on Monday where Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo ruled they be detained for 14 days to allow detectives complete investigations.

    The killings sparked outrage from the Law Society of Kenya which organised countrywide protests demanding justice for Kimani, a former employee of US-backed NGO, International Mission for Justice.

    Josphat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri

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